Texas based musician Gary Clark Jr. has shared his fourth studio LP, The Story of Sonny Boy Slim, via Warner Bros. Records. The album follows the success of his 2012 release, Blak and Blu, which reached #6 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Gary wrote, produced, and arranged the LP, and also played the majority of the instruments. Clark's sisters, Shawn and Savannah, provided background vocals.
The albums title stems from the nickname "Sonny Boy" which is what his mother would call him when he was younger, and his musical peers have referred to him as "Slim." Clark also shared that, "The underlying tone of this album is faith and hope, 'cause that's what we need."
The thirteen track album features Gary mixing various elements of blues, rock, soul, funk, and hip hop into the music to deliver his message.
"The Healing" and "Grinder" explode with powerful blues rock attitude, and songs like "Star" and "Our Love" reveal a more intimate side of the musician, mixing smooth R&B flavors into the mix. The warmness of "Church" is expressed through Gary's acoustic playing, peppered with bluesy harmonica licks.
Clark is a hell of a guitar player, and can effortlessly deliver smooth vocals with passion. The Story of Sonny Boy Slim could have been an album full of blistering blues rock songs, but instead, Gary chose to let his musical upbringing influence his songwriting. Case in point are the tracks "Hold On" and "Cold Blooded," which are funky numbers driven by horns and jazzy R&B drumming.
Gary Clark Jr. will be hitting the road for a world tour later this year in support of The Story of Sonny Boy Slim. For more tour information, as well as Gary Clark Jr.’s latest music and news, check out his Zumic artist page.