Texas guitarist, Gary Clark Jr., released his third studio album, ‘This Land’, last week. The artist has spent the last few years translating his mojo into studio statements and seemingly failed to capture the thrilling dynamics of his live shows in his previous albums — 2012’s ‘Blak and Blu’ and 2015’s ‘The Story of Sonny Boy Slim’. Clark Jr. finally conquered the pitfalls that held him back all these years. His latest album serves as evidence of the singer-guitarist embracing the possibilities of studio production rather than resisting the expressive challenges. His studio experimentation consists of eighties R&B, funk, rockabilly, punk, reggae-inspired bass synths, keyboards and samples to replace his extensive guitar solo’s that he is known for in his live shows. The 35-year-old has never had more to say thanks to his updated studio experimentation methods that led him to a flux of songwriting. “Exploitation wants me to be the same,” as he puts it. “I don’t want to.” In the album, Clark narrates stories of success, marriage and fatherhood and, for the first time, his longing for social justice. The artist stated that he was concerned about coming across as the stereotypical angry black man at first, but he realised that it was more important for him to be honest and authentic. Listeners will be confronted with traces of Clark’s earlier music influence such as Sly & the Family Stone, Curtis Mayfield, Luther Vandross, Whitney Houston and Stevie Wonder. He is currently on tour for the album and was quoted saying, “I’m singing like I never sang in my life before. I’m going to be exhausted after this but it’s time to put it all out there on the table.”
Gary Clark Jr.
Presented by Chase, Eric Clapton recently announced the only two remaining North American shows this year in celebration of his 50-year career. The concerts will be taking place on the heels of his sold-out show at Hyde Park, London, this July. The shows will be taking place on the 6th and 7th of October at Madison Square Garden, New York. Along with his band, Nathan East (bass), Sonny Emory (drums), Doyle Bramhall (guitar), Chris Stainton (keyboards), Paul Carrack (organ/keyboards), Sharon White (vocals), Sharlotte Gibson (vocals), the concerts will be featuring special guests Gary Clark Jr. and Jimmie Vaughan.
Chase recently offered its customers an exclusive free iTunes download of “I Still Do”, Clapton’s latest album. The partnership between Chase and Clapton was established after Chase became presenting sponsor of the 2013 Crossroads Guitar Festival. Their latest initiative together will celebrate Eric Clapton’s iconic career.
Watch below: Eric Clapton – Tears In Heaven & White Room (The Forum, September 2017, Chase Live streaming)
Born in 1936, George “Buddy” Guy, is an American blues icon known for influencing renowned guitarists including Eric Clapton, Gary Clark Jr., Jimmy Page, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Keith Richards, Jeff Beck and John Mayer. He played as a house guitarist at Chess Records with Muddy Waters where he began his musical collaboration with the harmonica player, Junior Wells. The blues artist was ranked 30th on the Rolling Stone list of “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” and his song “Stone Crazy” was ranked 78th on their list of the “100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time”.
Described by Eric Clapton as “the best guitar player alive”, Guy’s career took off during the early 1990’s blues revival where Clapton requested the artist to be part of the “24 Nights” all Star blues show at in The Royal Albert Hall.