If you haven’t heard of Gary Clark Jr., then believe me—you’re about to. The New York Times has compared him to Hendrix, and Rolling Stone has praised the eclectic mix of soul, blues and classic rock n’ roll in his songs.
The singer/songwriter/guitarist is releasing his first album with Warner Bros. Records this October. This may be Clark’s first foray into the record studio limelight, but he’s already performed at all of this year’s major music festivals. Count em: Bonnaroo, Coachella, Osheaga, Sasquatch!, Lollapalooza, NOLA Jazz & Heritage, with the Made in America and Austin City Limits festivals on the horizon. And let’s not even start on all those television appearances he’s planning. Point is, this guy gets around, and it’s no wonder with the music he’s been making.
The Austin musician has no problem showing off his guitar skills and rounding them out with smooth vocals that tell of the blues. You always hear the roots in Clark’s songs, but the result always turns out to be a hybrid of traditional sounds punctuated with Clark’s own personal touches.
The album was produced by Clark himself along with Mike Elizondo, who’s known for his work with artists including Mastodon, Fiona Apple and Dr. Dre. The album will be released on October 23rd.