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Gary Clark Jr. Announces New Album, Reveals Tour Dates & Previews ‘The Healing’ And ‘Grinder’

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We've seen our fair share of artists who rose from relative obscurity to worldwide fame (seemingly) overnight. But when a revered magazine like Rolling Stone dubs someone "The Chosen One," and the POTUS declares "He's the future," it's safe to say that artist is on a whole 'nother level. Such is the story of guitar virtuoso Gary Clark Jr., who candidly describes his rapid ascent this way, "Whoa! Sh*t got 'for real, for real'." Following his successful full-length debut, Blak and Blu, the GRAMMY-winning Texan continues to exceed expectations with his live performances, high-profile collaborations, TV appearances and movie soundtrack features.

Not even sleepless nights (he recently became a new dad) can slow him down. In addition to a heavy touring schedule, Mr. Clark is readying the release of his sophomore studio album, The Story of Sonny Boy Slim. He's already stated that the "underlying tone of album is faith and hope." But it's also safe to assume that The Story will contain some semi-autobiographical elements as Clark explains the album's title, "'Sonny Boy Slim' is me. My mom called me 'Sonny Boy', and all the cats on the scene when I was coming up called me 'Slim'."

Stepping up his game, Clark's sophomore effort finds him taking on new challenges as he wrote, produced and arranged the album himself. He even plays the majority of the instruments (good grief!), just stopping short of providing his own background vocals, which he entrusts to his sisters Shawn and Savannah. To say anticipations are high would be an understatement.

Thankfully, Clark is gracious enough to share two previews to tide us over until the fall. Lead single "The Healing" opens with an old gospel tune -- sung by an elderly voice, seasoned with experience that comes from living a life "on the battlefield" -- but quickly segues into something else entirely. Blending elements of rock, blues, hip hop and gospel, Clark creates a modern-day anthem on the power of music. Meanwhile, "Grinder" is a gritty missive on the pursuit of money. Clark holds nothing back, his guitar front-and-center, blurring the lines of rock and blues to deliver an eargasmic wail that will curl your toes.

Listen to the tracks below, then check out the album trailer and see if you agree that Gary Clark, Jr. lives up to the hype. Afterwards, you can head to his website to pre-order The Story of Sonny Boy Slim (and receive instant downloads of the two preview tracks) ahead of its September 11th release date. If you want to catch him live, scroll down to view tour dates (including a month-long stint with Foo Fighters) below. For those that purchase tickets for his headlining/solo dates, you'll have the added bonus of receiving a free download of the album when it officially drops.

 

 

 

Gary Clark Jr. 2015/2016 Tour Dates:

07/30 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
07/31 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
08/02 – Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Music and Arts Festival
08/22 – Pownal, VT @ The Full Tilt Boogie Festival
08/23 – New York, NY @ Afropunk Festival
09/11 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena *
09/12 – George, WA @ Gorge Ampitheatre *
09/14 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center *
09/16 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Ampitheatre *
09/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum *
09/24 – Chula Vista, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre *
09/25 – Phoenix, AZ @ AK-Chin Pavilion *
09/27 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Ampitheater *
09/29 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Chesapeake Energy Arena *
09/30 – Wichita, KS @ INTRUST Bank Arena *
10/02 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits
10/04 – Atlanta, GA @ Centennial Olympic Park *
10/05 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena *
10/07 – Memphis, TN @ FedEx Forum *
10/09 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits
10/17 – Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center *
10/31 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
11/01 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
02/18 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live
02/19 – Miami, FL @ The Fillmore
02/20 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
02/21 – Ponte Vedra Beach, FL @ Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
02/23 – Birmingham, AL @ Iron City
02/24 – Chattanooga, TN @ Tivoli Theater
02/26 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
02/28 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
03/01 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
03/04 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live Ballroom
03/06 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
03/08 – El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
03/12 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
03/31 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater
04/01 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theater
04/02 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
04/03 – Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
04/05 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater
04/08 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
04/09 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
04/10 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theater
04/12 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
04/14 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater

* with Foo Fighters


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