Perhaps no one defines cool better than Gary Clark Jr., on stage, at the beautiful Iroquois Amphitheater in Louisville, KY, May 5, 2023.

With an appeal to rock and blues music fans alike, it’s no wonder Clark won 3 GRAMMYs for “Best Contemporary Blues Album,” as well as “Best Rock Song” and “Best Rock Performance” in 2020 for his “This Land” record.   A man possessed by the guitar itself, the faithful are there for the blistering electric guitar solos that always manage to bring the audience to silence and awe.   There are fans who would consider Clark the closest thing we have seen to a modern Hendrix. The man can play.

While steeped in the blues, which he has played since he was a kid, Clark brings new definition to the genre, infusing hip-hop, reggae, R&B, punk, soul and more into his distinctive sound.  His influences are just as varied, from the three Kings of the blues (Albert King, Freddie Kingand of course B.B.) Buddy Guy, Bonnie Raitt, Jimmie Vaughan, Robert Cray to Hendrix to Marvin Gaye (including his social consciousness).  He’s not afraid to get personal, sharing much of his sensitivities on his acclaimed last album “This Land.” 

There’s a definite desire for Clark’s next project and what that might entail, but until then, I’ll be watching for that next Midwest performance.  



-Bright Lights

-Ain't Messin 'Round

-The Healing

-My Baby's Gone / Next Door Neighbor Blues. (B.B. King cover)

-I Walk Alone


-Our Love

-Feed the Babies

-You Saved Me

-Our Kind. (Elijah Ford cover) (Elijah Ford sang vocals and… more )


-Low Down Rolling Stone

-(Unknown). (Habits, running in circles chasing my tail)

-When My Train Pulls In

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