The live experience is central to what Gary Clark, Jr. is about. His mesh of soul, R&B, and electric blues is hard to wrap your head around, but it all seems to make sense once he steps out on stage. Therefore, the live album always seemed like a foregone conclusion for him; the guy definitely has a Live At Leeds or an At Budokhan in him. Come September, that’s exactly what we’re getting wen Clark releases his first live album, LIVE.
The double album consists of Clark originals and covers of everyone from Jimi Hendrix to Albert Collins and Robert Petway. The album promises to further expand Clark’s considerable gift for arrangement, using his excellent Blak & Blu and his 2013 remix EP as a groundwork.
The album is available for pre-order on vinyl, CD and digital formats. Anyone who pre-orders the album via Amazon, iTunes, or Clark’s website will get a free download of the album track “When My Train Pulls.” LIVE comes out on September 23rd.
LIVE tracklist (All songs by Gary Clark, Jr. unless otherwise noted):
1. Catfish Blues (Robert Petway)
2. Next Door Neighbor Blues
3. Travis Country
4. When My Train Pulls In
5. Don’t Owe You A Thing
6. Three O’ Clock Blues (Lowell Fulson)
7. Things Are Changin’
1. Ain’t Messin’ ‘Round
2. If Trouble Was Money (Albert Collins)
3. Third Stone From The Sun / If You Love me Like You Say (Jimi Hendrix / Albert Collins)
4. Please Come Home
5. Black and Blu
6. Bright Lights
7. When The Sun Goes Down