Gary Clark Jr. is known these days as the savior of the blues. Locally famous since his teens for his prodigious guitar playing an singing, the Austin native has been one of the hottest new artists of the past few years. Known mainly as a bluesman, Clark is also noted for being able to merge Rock n’ Roll, R&B, hip hop and soul into his music as well, even walking away with a Grammy in 2013 for “Best Traditional R&B performance.”
The R&B swagger Clark displays on “Can’t Sleep”, from his new album The Story of Sonny Boy Slim, is anything but traditional, though, seemingly more inspired by Prince or Michael Jackson than the “traditional” R&B of, say, Aretha Franklin. One could even argue that the song is Clark’s attempt to match other similar efforts like Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” or Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams’ “Lucky”, both major hits.
Unlike those other two tracks, however, I feel Gary really elevates “Can’t Sleep” with his trademark guitar soloing, lifting the track from a simple dance number to a Prince-level mind-blower. Don’t believe me, check it out below:
Written By Alt360º Blogger: Jason Polakowski