C. J. Walsh
Gary Clark, Jr.
Port Chester New York Sept. 13, 2018
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Clark’s music lands somewhere between Elmore James and Smokey Robinson and has injected some much-needed vigor into the blues-rock scene. Next Door Neighbor Blues took the familiar theme of an absent woman leavened with stupendous guitar fills. Homage was paid to the Old Masters with BB King’s Three O’Clock Blues and Muddy Waters’ Catfish Blues.
He can also croon with the R&B guys, displaying a subtle falsetto on Please Come Home and Our Love. And new material like Walk Alone was a welcome downshift. Using a series of Gibsons he tore through Bright Lights and Travis County from his first LP Black and Blu, so everybody got what they came to see.
A guitar hero for the modern world.
For collectibles on sale, there was a nice shot of Clark with his axe on a picture-disc single of concert encore, Come Together, from the Justice League film, released on Record Store Day. This will set you back about $28.00.
Published in Record Collector Magazine
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