Today, contemporary blues torch-bearer Gary Clark Jr. has announced the upcoming 2019 release of his newest studio album. The name of the album has yet to be revealed, but a newly released teaser video has us extremely excited for what’s to come.
The video, shared today via Gary Clark Jr.’s various social media channels, sees the guitarist run down the ways in which various genres had an effect on his sound on the new release. Amid video clips of the album’s recording process, endorsements of Clark and his eclectic musical sensibilities from a variety of outlets and influential people like Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, Alicia Keys, Prince, and Barack Obama are emblazoned across the screen. As one quote from Rolling Stone notes, “Owing as much to Kurt Cobain and The Ramones as Buddy Guy and John Lee Hooker… indebted to hip-hop and psychedelia, [Clark] is grounded in tradition while standing on the brink of change.”
As Clark explains in a voice-over, “When I started off on the record, it was really about the drums. If the drums aren’t poppin’, you’re wasting your time.” He continues, “I got all the colors, I’ma paint with all of them. … My punk edge comes from really just wanting to be a punk. Reggae influence? Yes. It goes back to that fusion thing. … When I was growing up, a lot of music venues played lots of different types of music every night. A lot of influences. A lot of stuff going on. It’s in what I do, I guess. … I’m not gonna give you my whole recipe, but the only person who can put rules on it is yourself.”
Watch the new album teaser video for the upcoming new Gary Clark Jr. album below. For more information, head to Clark’s website.
Gary Clark Jr. New Album Teaser Video