The blues rocker from Austin, Gary Clark Jr., performed two tracks for the Guitar Center Sessions in Hollywood, California. Above, "Numb," from his 2012 LP, Blak and Blu, is one of the heavier, darker cuts from the album. Fuzzy, distorted, and psychedelic, the song is eerily reminiscent of the late great Jimi Hendrix or The Black Keys in their early years. His solo is frantic yet fitting for menacing nature of the track as a whole.
"Don't Owe You a Thang," which you can watch below, comes from his 2011 EP, The Bright Lights. Clark Jr. displays his musical malleability here, taking a more upbeat approach in the style of a 60's rockabilly tune. He cleans up the fuzz and proves he can pluck the pentatonic scale just as well as anyone.
In addition to his two performances, the blues-rock guitarist did a short behind-the-scenes interview with Guitar Center Sessions host Nic Hartcourt. Speaking to Gary Clark Jr.'s talent and impact on the blues scene, Hartcourt told Rolling Stone, "During the filming he ripped through the set. It was an honor to work on an episode of Guitar Center Sessions that is helping reignite an interest in the blues genre." Check it out below.
The session will air tomorrow, Friday, November 22nd on DirecTV's Audience Network (channel 239) at 10pm EST. Head over to iTunes if you'd like to purchase some Gary Clark Jr.'s "genre-reigniting" music and visit his Zumic artist page for a full tour schedule. Get pumped--he's set to open for the Kings of Leon's 2014 tour.