Guitar gunslinger Gary Clark Jr. has released his second live album, Live North America 2016, through Warner Bros. Records. The 12-track, 74 minute collection of tracks contains some of Clark’s best recorded work to date.
The tracks selected for this LP showcase Gary’s electrifying guitar playing and silky smooth vocals. His excellent backing band is also in fine form, featuring guitarist King Zapata, bassist Johnny Bradley, and drummer Johnny Radelat. They provide a solid rhythm section that allows Gary to explore the sounds of the blues, rock, R&B, and soul while working in the occasional reggae and jazz vibe for good measure.
Songs like “The Healing” and “When My Train Pulls In” show that Jr. can deliver lead lines full of emotion and raw power, reminiscent of greats like Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan. “Our Love” and “Down to Ride” drip with r&b flavor, and “Church” shows Gary exposing his vulnerable side with honest lyrics and a gospel-like feel.
“Cold Blooded” emits a funky vibe, and “My Baby’s Gone” is a gritty blues number that feels like a throwback to the days of Muddy Waters and Howlin Wolf. Closing out the LP is “Numb,” which explodes with Gary’s fiery playing while his bandmates hold down the beat. Another highlight is “Shake” with a cameo from fellow Texans Leon Bridges and Jeff Dazey.
If you haven’t had the opportunity to see him perform live yet, Live North America 2016 is a perfect album to get a sense of his style. I have personally seen him perform a few times, and left every show completely in awe of his talents. This LP does a great job of capturing the intensity and beauty of his live show, but really you gotta be there!
Live North America 2016 is currently available on Amazon. You can also stream the full album above for free, via Spotify.
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