Gary Clark Jr. The Story of Sonny Boy Slim

The Story of Sonny Boy Slim

Gary Clark Jr.

Released on September 11, 2015 by Warner Bros.

Main artist: Gary Clark Jr.

Genre: Pop/Rock > Rock

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The original line on Gary Clark, Jr. was that the young Texas guitarist was supposed to be the future of the blues, having been mentored by Jimmie Vaughan and Eric Clapton, but as his star rises, Clark has made it increasingly clear that his creative ambitions run a lot deeper than being the next hotshot guitar slinger. On his major-label debut, 2012's Blak and Blu, Clark demonstrated he isn't interested in following the path of blues traditionalists, and while there's plenty of great guitar work on 2015's The Story of Sonny Boy Slim, this is by no means a conventional blues album. Rather, The Story of Sonny Boy Slim is a thoughtful and passionate amalgam of African-American music past and present, and the blues is one of many crucial ingredients in the formula along with R&B, soul, rock & roll, funk, gospel, and hip-hop (the cyclical drum and guitar patterns that dominate many tracks demonstrate in themselves that the aural dividing line between blues and hip-hop isn't as wide as some like to imagine). Clark's guitar work is outstanding throughout, but his style is more about expressive layers of sound than tasty licks, and this isn't a guitar album so much as an album that features a lot of guitar amidst a rich variety of ingredients, which may not please folks waiting for a new Stevie Ray Vaughan. And Clark has more on his mind than the accepted templates of electric blues; the raw, swaggering R&B throb of "Grinder" accompanies a meditation on poverty and materialism, the acoustic street-corner jam of "Church" tells the tale of a man torn by love and loyalty, "Hold On" marries taut soul figures to bitter, heartsick observations on the struggles of the African-American community ("Seems like new news is the old news from a different angle/Another mother on TV crying 'cause her boy didn't make it"), "Can't Sleep" evokes Chic as Clark sings of falling for the wrong woman, and the rough landscape of guitars and percussion on "Wings" complements a tale of struggle that might not out be out of place on There's a Riot Goin' On. And the most explicitly bluesy cut on the album, "Shake," is a raw slice of juke joint jump that evokes Hound Dog Taylor more than the polished showmen Clark was expected to follow onto the blues circuit. Blues may be at the root of nearly everything on The Story of Sonny Boy Slim, but it's not the sum total of Clark's musical world-view, and if he's abdicated the position of the future of the blues, this music declares that Clark is one artist who will see to it that the blues does indeed have a future, which is what makes him important and Sonny Boy Slim a serious leap forward from Blak and Blu. ~ Mark Deming
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Album : 1 disk - 13 tracks Total length : 00:53:36

  1. 1 The Healing

    Howie Weinberg, Masterer - Gary Clark Jr., Producer, Drums, Guitar, Keyboards, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Joseph Holguin, Engineer - Jacob Sciba, Mixer, Engineer, Additional Producer - Bharath "Cheex" Ramanath, Engineer, Additional Mixer, Additional Producer - Johnny Bradley, Bass - Christopher Copeland, Intro Vocals - Savannah Clark, Background Vocals - Shawn Clark, Background Vocals Copyright : 2015 Warner Bros. Records Inc. 2015 Warner Bros. Records Inc.

  2. 2 Grinder

    Howie Weinberg, Masterer - Gary Clark Jr., Producer, Drums, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer, Bass, MainArtist - Joseph Holguin, Engineer - Jacob Sciba, Mixer, Engineer, Additional Producer - Bharath "Cheex" Ramanath, Engineer, Additional Mixer, Additional Producer - Jason Frey, Baritone Saxophone Copyright : 2015 Warner Bros. Records Inc. 2015 Warner Bros. Records Inc.

  3. 3 Star

    Howie Weinberg, Masterer - Gary Clark Jr., Producer, Drums, Guitar, Keyboards, Lead Vocals, Writer, Bass, MainArtist - Joseph Holguin, Engineer - Jacob Sciba, Mixer, Engineer, Additional Producer - Bharath "Cheex" Ramanath, Engineer, Additional Mixer, Additional Producer - Savannah Clark, Background Vocals - Shawn Clark, Background Vocals - Cheex, Synthesizer Copyright : 2015 Warner Bros. Records Inc. 2015 Warner Bros. Records Inc.

  4. 4 Our Love

    Howie Weinberg, Masterer - Gary Clark Jr., Producer, Drums, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Bass, MainArtist - Joseph Holguin, Engineer - Jacob Sciba, Mixer, Engineer, Additional Producer - Bharath "Cheex" Ramanath, Engineer, Additional Mixer, Additional Producer - Lewis Stephens, Organ, Piano - Jason Frey, Tenor Saxophone - Derek Phelps, Trumpet - Joe Woullard, Flute, Baritone Saxophone Copyright : 2015 Warner Bros. Records Inc. 2015 Warner Bros. Records Inc.

  5. 5 Church

    Howie Weinberg, Masterer - Gary Clark Jr., Producer, Drums, Guitar, Keyboards, Lead Vocals, Writer, Bass, Harmonica, MainArtist - Joseph Holguin, Engineer - Jacob Sciba, Mixer, Engineer, Additional Producer - Bharath "Cheex" Ramanath, Engineer, Additional Mixer, Additional Producer - Savannah Clark, Background Vocals - Shawn Clark, Background Vocals Copyright : 2015 Warner Bros. Records Inc. 2015 Warner Bros. Records Inc.

  6. 6 Hold On

    Howie Weinberg, Masterer - Gary Clark Jr., Producer, Drums, Guitar, Keyboards, Lead Vocals, Writer, Bass, MainArtist - Joseph Holguin, Engineer - Jacob Sciba, Mixer, Engineer, Additional Producer - Bharath "Cheex" Ramanath, Engineer, Additional Mixer, Additional Producer - Jason Frey, Tenor Saxophone - Derek Phelps, Trumpet - Joe Woullard, Flute, Baritone Saxophone - Nicole Trunfio, Intro Vocals - Zion Rain Clark, Intro Vocals Copyright : 2015 Warner Bros. Records Inc. 2015 Warner Bros. Records Inc.

  7. 7 Cold Blooded

    Howie Weinberg, Masterer - Gary Clark Jr., Producer, Guitar, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Joseph Holguin, Engineer - Jacob Sciba, Mixer, Engineer, Additional Producer - Bharath "Cheex" Ramanath, Engineer, Additional Mixer, Additional Producer - Lewis Stephens, Organ, Piano - Johnny Bradley, Bass - Johnny Radelat, Drums - Jason Frey, Tenor Saxophone - Derek Phelps, Trumpet - Joe Woullard, Flute, Baritone Saxophone Copyright : 2015 Warner Bros. Records Inc. 2015 Warner Bros. Records Inc.

  8. 8 Wings

    Howie Weinberg, Masterer - Gary Clark Jr., Producer, Drums, Guitar, Keyboards, Lead Vocals, Writer, Bass, MainArtist - Joseph Holguin, Engineer - Jacob Sciba, Mixer, Engineer, Additional Producer - Bharath "Cheex" Ramanath, Engineer, Additional Mixer, Additional Producer - Tameca Jones, Backing Vocals Copyright : 2015 Warner Bros. Records Inc. 2015 Warner Bros. Records Inc.

  9. 9 BYOB

    Howie Weinberg, Masterer - Gary Clark Jr., Producer, Drums, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Bass, MainArtist - Joseph Holguin, Engineer - Jacob Sciba, Mixer, Engineer, Additional Producer - Bharath "Cheex" Ramanath, Engineer, Additional Mixer, Additional Producer - Lewis Stephens, Organ - Jason Frey, Tenor Saxophone - Derek Phelps, Trumpet - Joe Woullard, Flute, Baritone Saxophone Copyright : 2015 Warner Bros. Records Inc. 2015 Warner Bros. Records Inc.

  10. 10 Can't Sleep

    Howie Weinberg, Masterer - Gary Clark Jr., Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer, Bass, MainArtist - JJ Johnson, Drums - Joseph Holguin, Engineer - Jacob Sciba, Mixer, Engineer, Additional Producer - Bharath "Cheex" Ramanath, Engineer, Additional Mixer, Additional Producer Copyright : 2015 Warner Bros. Records Inc. 2015 Warner Bros. Records Inc.

  11. 11 Stay

    Howie Weinberg, Masterer - Gary Clark Jr., Producer, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Zapata, Guitar - Joseph Holguin, Engineer - Jacob Sciba, Mixer, Engineer, Additional Producer, Bass - Bharath "Cheex" Ramanath, Engineer, Additional Mixer, Additional Producer Copyright : 2015 Warner Bros. Records Inc. 2015 Warner Bros. Records Inc.

  12. 12 Shake

    Howie Weinberg, Masterer - Gary Clark Jr., Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer, Hand Clap, MainArtist - Joseph Holguin, Engineer - Jacob Sciba, Mixer, Engineer, Additional Producer - Bharath "Cheex" Ramanath, Engineer, Additional Mixer, Additional Producer - Johnny Bradley, Bass - Cheex, Hand Clap - Jay Moeller, Drums Copyright : 2015 Warner Bros. Records Inc. 2015 Warner Bros. Records Inc.

  13. 13 Down to Ride

    Howie Weinberg, Masterer - Gary Clark Jr., Producer, Drums, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer, Bass, MainArtist - Joseph Holguin, Engineer - Jacob Sciba, Mixer, Engineer, Additional Producer - Bharath "Cheex" Ramanath, Engineer, Additional Mixer, Additional Producer Copyright : 2015 Warner Bros. Records Inc. 2015 Warner Bros. Records Inc.

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  • The original line on Gary Clark, Jr. was that the young Texas guitarist was supposed to be the future of the blues, having been mentored by Jimmie Vaughan and Eric Clapton, but as his star rises, Clark has made it increasingly clear that his creative ambitions run a lot deeper than being the next hotshot guitar slinger. On his major-label debut, 2012's Blak and Blu, Clark demonstrated he isn't interested in following the path of blues traditionalists, and while there's plenty of great guitar work on 2015's The Story of Sonny Boy Slim, this is by no means a conventional blues album. Rather, The Story of Sonny Boy Slim is a thoughtful and passionate amalgam of African-American music past and present, and the blues is one of many crucial ingredients in the formula along with R&B, soul, rock & roll, funk, gospel, and hip-hop (the cyclical drum and guitar patterns that dominate many tracks demonstrate in themselves that the aural dividing line between blues and hip-hop isn't as wide as some like to imagine). Clark's guitar work is outstanding throughout, but his style is more about expressive layers of sound than tasty licks, and this isn't a guitar album so much as an album that features a lot of guitar amidst a rich variety of ingredients, which may not please folks waiting for a new Stevie Ray Vaughan. And Clark has more on his mind than the accepted templates of electric blues; the raw, swaggering R&B throb of "Grinder" accompanies a meditation on poverty and materialism, the acoustic street-corner jam of "Church" tells the tale of a man torn by love and loyalty, "Hold On" marries taut soul figures to bitter, heartsick observations on the struggles of the African-American community ("Seems like new news is the old news from a different angle/Another mother on TV crying 'cause her boy didn't make it"), "Can't Sleep" evokes Chic as Clark sings of falling for the wrong woman, and the rough landscape of guitars and percussion on "Wings" complements a tale of struggle that might not out be out of place on There's a Riot Goin' On. And the most explicitly bluesy cut on the album, "Shake," is a raw slice of juke joint jump that evokes Hound Dog Taylor more than the polished showmen Clark was expected to follow onto the blues circuit. Blues may be at the root of nearly everything on The Story of Sonny Boy Slim, but it's not the sum total of Clark's musical world-view, and if he's abdicated the position of the future of the blues, this music declares that Clark is one artist who will see to it that the blues does indeed have a future, which is what makes him important and Sonny Boy Slim a serious leap forward from Blak and Blu. ~ Mark Deming

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