I love live music and live albums but those are only two of the reasons I was thrilled when Gary Clark Jr. announced plans to release Live. I was frustrated that some songs on Blak & Blu sound glossy and overproduced. I've seen Clark in concert knew that sheen evaporates in the fire of Clark's mastery and intensity. A live album seemed the ideal way to hear Clark and these songs at their best. That's true here but only to a point. Live albums should be complete, single shows but very few major label live sets adhere to this. I've
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Gary Clark Jr's live album is a good listen and a missed opportunity
After what feels like a summer full of not much, we are finally getting a big week of great releases. Normally that would mean some heated debate inside my mind over who to honor with my pick of the week, but this time its a no brainer.I first heard Jeff Tweedy back in his Uncle Tupelo days. Spin magazine sent my teenaged self a sampler CD for subscribing. It contained all sorts of cool stuff including Tupelo's "Give Back the Key to My Heart." I loved that song and made a note to get into the band. To the detriment
Clark to document 'Blak & Blu' tour with 2-CD live set...
My joy is complete with the news the mighty Gary Clark Jr. will release a double live album Sept. 23 (just days after my birthday, for those of you paying careful attention). The 2-CD set features several songs from his major label debut Blak & Blu as well as a fistful of the covers that have been staples of his shows (tracklist below) in the lead-up to the release of that album and the tour promoting it. I witnessed Clark on stage in Nashville prior to the release of Blak & Blu and in nearly every instance, what he did
Music is likely the most universal of all arts. People play it in every city, village, berg, back-assed hole in the jungle hovel the world over. Albums are cut everyday in nearly every country in the universe. Usually those albums are simply released in their country of origin. For example if you sign to an American label you'll likely only see your album released in the US. Folks living elsewhere will have to have someone send it to them or just be out of luck.If you are a rather popular artist, or are signed to a bigger label your record
'Rhythm & Blues' follows Buddy Guy's recent formula and has its flaws yet there is a lot to like on this 2-CD set...
Buddy Guy is a living legend and blues badass who continues to sing and play with energy men half his age would envy. That passion and enthusiasm can be heard throughout the 75-year old Guy's latest album, Rhythm & Blues. He plays with the ferocity that has been his trademark since the moment he found producers and labels willing to allow him to unleash it all. His voice has lost a little in the way of dynamics but there is still plenty of muscle for intense howls. His career renaissance began with Damn Right, I've Got The Blues and with
New Releases: Buddy Guy, Harry Nilsson, Uriah Heep, Robin Thicke, John Zorn, Sly & the Family Stone and Chris Shiflett
#NewMusicTuesday - 7/30/13
Three of these in and I think I'm finally getting the hang of what I want to do with these new release articles. I'm still finding it difficult to figure out which albums - other than the easy ones - to talk about. For now I just browse Amazon's new releases, open up anything with an interesting name or cover art and then look at the descriptions to see if it actually sounds interesting. The feature where they tell you what albums other people bought alongside the one you are looking at is also very helpful. I figure if folks
Booker T Jones Stands Tall With Help From Mayer Hawthorne, Gary Clark Jr, Vintage Trouble on 'Sound The Alarm'
Booker T continues to make fine records with a little help from his friends...
Legendary organist and bandleader Booker T. Jones continues his feverish pace, releasing new music even as Stax classics with his former band the MGs are being re-issued (Green Onions, McLemore Avenue). Sound The Alarm follows his 2011 release The Road From Memphis and like that release features a host of younger guest stars. Jones is joined this time by Gary Clark Jr., Vintage Trouble, Mayer Hawthorne, Anthony Hamilton, Estelle, and Sheila E., just to name a few. Young pup Mayer Hawthorne joins Jones on the title track to open the record and the two successfully balance a contemporary, hip hop
Buddy Guy To Release Double Album 'Rhythm & Blues' July 30, Featuring Guests Gary Clark Jr., Aerosmith, Keith Urban
Buddy's new double album hits stores at the end of July...
Hall of Famer Buddy Guy will release a new studio album -- a double album -- titled Rhythm & Blues on July 30 and like many of the legend's recent records he is joined by some high profile guests. Grammy-winning producer Tom Hambridge returns for another tour of duty with the 76-year old Guy, helming an album featuring a guest list that includes Kid Rock, Keith Urban, Gary Clark, Jr., Beth Hart and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, Joe Perry and Brad Whitford. That's a lot of bodies for one record but fortunately this is a double album with 21 songs, meaning
Get your all-access pass to a late night jam by Gary Clark Jr. and his band...
Gary Clark Jr. recently recorded a live-in-studio jam with his band for iTunes as part of the digital retailer's ongoing iTunes Sessions series. Clark's set presents seven songs from his major label debut Blak & Blu and a couple blues covers to round out the set. I dislike digital-only releases but they're an inevitable part of the new music frontier and given the choice of hearing more Gary or less- well, that's not a decision at all! What's best about iTunes Session is the elimination of the slick, shiny production that marred Blak & Blu and robbed the songs of
New video for one of the standout tracks from 'Blak & Blu'
When last we checked in with our hero, Gary Clark Jr. had just released his iTunes Sessions EP and was about to play David Letterman. I'm still going to get a review of the iTunes Session written soon but in the meantime he has released a video for what might be my favorite track on his full length, major label debut Blak & Blu. I first heard "Numb" when he played Nashville last year after his acclaimed matinee set at Bonnaroo. I didn't realize it was actually an old song, one he'd written for his independent (and seriously out of
Top 20 albums at blues radio for the week ending April 12, 2013
Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite's collaboration Get Up! has been unseated by Devon Allman and Otis Taylor at blues radio this past week. Harper and Musselwhite are still in the mix at #3, followed by roots master Harry Manx and Jesse Dee to round out the Top 5. The amazing Ronnie Earl debuts at #7 with his latest live album Just For Today. Blues fans are still getting a heavy dose of Robert Cray's most recent album Nothin But Love and Shemekia Copeland's 33 1/3 while we also have Gary Clark Jr.'s Blak And Blu in the mix. Clark recently
Gary Clark Jr is the latest to record his own iTunes Session...
Gary Clark Jr. is the latest artist to record an exclusive package for Apple's iTunes Music Store, the #1 music retailer in the US, as part of their iTunes Sessions series. Clark cut nine songs live in the Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood, inlcuding several tracks from his major label debut Blak And Blu. He also mixes in two covers, one from Albert Collins and the other from Albert King. The Albert King cut "Oh Pretty Woman" (not to be confused with the more famous Roy Orbison song) comes from the blues legend's Born Under A Bad Sign LP, which
Top 20 albums at blues radio for week of March 22, 2013...
Blues is in the blood, kids. That's the story for this week. Take a look at the names on these albums, the Top 20 albums at blues radio this past week: Shemekia Copeland (daughter of Johnny Copeland), Devon Allman (son of Gregg), Big Bill Morganfield (son of Muddy Waters), and John Lee Hooker Jr. (do I have to explain?). It's a family tradition. In the non-offspring division, we've got records from Otis Taylor, The Slide Brothers, Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, and Robert Cray among the Top 10. The record among these I have to check out next is Big Bill's,
This week's Top 20 at Blues Radio is again headed up by the collaboration between Blues Hall of Famer Charlie Musselwhite and Ben Harper. The two first teamed up while guesting on an album by the late John Lee Hooker and now have a joint project for the reborn Stax label and it's been heating up the charts since its release. The new album from blues/roots master Otis Taylor, My World Is Gone comes in at #2 followed by Harry Manx, The Slide Brothers (great album, by the way, review forthcoming) and Shemekia Copeland's 33 1/3. I've listened to four
Shemekia Copeland Holds #1 At Blues Radio, Musselwhite/Harper Collaboration Enters Top 5 Ahead Of Release
Blues Radio Report for week of Jan. 18, 2012...
Shemekia Copeland is once again our #1 this week at blues radio followed by Chris Smither, Robert Cray, and Gary Clark Jr. I've spent a good bit of time with the Cray and Copeland records and you might have read about Gary and his Blak & Blu album on this site once or twice so you might know I'm pleased with what's being played for the citizens. Our rising entrant this week comes from Ben Harper and Blues Hall of Famer Charlie Musselwhite. They've collaborated on an album called Get Up! for the reborn Stax imprint. The record doesn't get
Shemekia Copeland, Robert Cray Tops At Blues Radio; Gary Clark Jr., Buddy Guy, Magic Slim Among Top 20
Top 20 albums at Blues Radio for week of Jan. 11, 2013...
I don't want to look to see how long it's been since I checked out the top albums at Blues Radio according to the weekly Roots Music Report but I'm glad to check back in this week. I hope time permits me to spend some time talking about this week's #1: Shemekia Copeland's 33 1/3. I previewed it when I first got details about the album and have listened to it a few times since but haven't had time to tell you all the things I really like about it. I did review Robert Cray's Nothin' But Love last
Gary Clark Jr, Nick Moss Join Magness, Nemeth, Tedeschi Trucks Band Among 34th Blues Music Award Nominees
Legends, fresh faces, and favorites among the nominated (as well as the snubs)...
Nominees for the 34th Blues Music Awards have been announced and once again Janiva Magness is out front along with John Nemeth when it comes to most nominations and Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi are once again well represented as they have been the past two years. I'm mostly pleased with the nominees and will enjoy voting for some great artists and records and will struggle to choose among them in some categories. I'm also annoyed past the point of outrage some deserving artists and their albums aren't on the ballot enough or at all. I didn't have the opportunity
Promise, power, and potential abound- if only the execution were a bit more consistent...
It would have been an impossible task For Gary Clark Jr. to deliver the record I was hoping for, having long ago descended into fanboy obsession and I tried tempering my expectations in the runup to the release of Blak And Blu to avoid the possibility of being disappointed with a record I wanted to and was bound to fall in love with despite any imperfections. That was (mostly) a waste of time because it almost lives up to the enormous, impossible hopes- a near impossible achievement considering how much I've been listening to, writing about, and anticipating this "debut"
Clark releases 1st Single From 'Blak And Blu'
Okay: this is the last reference I make today to my birthday but I choose to think it's no coincidence Gary Clark Jr. has chosen today to release the first single from his upcoming major label debut Blak And Blu. You're free to disagree; you'll be wrong. This is all about me. Now I know what you're thinking and you're wrong. You think this is going to be more embarrassing fanboy gushing about music from Clark, that I've no capacity to listen objectively to the music. Go read my Springsteen posts: I can be scathing when it comes to
The most anticipated album of the year is nearly upon us...
Gary Clark Jr. has released the tracklisting and artwork for his major label debut Black And Blu, due October 23 from Warner Brothers Records preceded by the release of first single “Ain’t Messin’ ’Round” on September 18. The new Gary Clark Jr. single is being released on my birthday, kids. Best. Birthday. Present. Ever! Back to the album at hand… The 13-track Blak And Blu features 12 Clark originals and was produced by Mike Elizondo, Rob Cavallo, and Clark. Many of these titles are going to be familar to longtime Clark fans and obsessives like me as it seems several