“This is by no means a conventional blues album,” writes the AllMusic Guide in a new review of Gary Clark, Jr.‘s The Story of Sonny Boy Slim. After noting the guitarist’s pedigree as a protégé of players like Eric Clapton and Jimmie Vaughn, the review goes on to say that Clark’s sophomore LP “is a thoughtful and passionate amalgam of African-American music past and present” that is not content to merely re-hash the blues of yesterday. According to the four-star review, “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.” Read it here.
Clark has released a video for “Grinder,” which AllMusic describes as “swaggering R&B throb… [Including a lyrical] meditation on poverty and materialism.” The video was directed by Gaston Jouany and intersperses visuals of Clark shredding on stage with time-lapsed videos of hectic New York City life. Watch it below.
Clark cracked the Top 30 on the CMJ Radio 200 last week, but The Story of Sonny Boy Slim still has more ground to cover on the charts! Help it reach a new peak with this week’s issue.