Gary Clark Jr: The Story Of Sonny Boy Slim

gary clark jfGary Clark Jr.
The Story of Sonny Boy Slim
(Warner Bros. Records)

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In recent years, the decline (or more to-the-point, deaths) of various musicians blues and otherwise, has been very rapid, leaving the wonder of who will continue when the original kings are nothing more than a memory. It seems Gary Clark Jr. has the answer to that question singing from his ever trusty Epiphone Casino guitar. However, The Story of Sonny Boy Slim marks a transitional period for Clark in which he trades his blistering guitar work in favor of a more focused R&B approach. While not necessarily a negative, fans originally drawn to his tasty, Albert King-esque aesthetic will more than likely be disappointed in light of Clark’s use of falsetto, Ooh’s and Ahh’s and a heavy use of horns. The latter of the bunch being particularly effective and is vastly underused in modern rock music. As previously stated, Sonny Boy Slim feels more like a transition stylistically from previous releases and is the next step in Clark’s development as an artist as opposed to just another guitar slinger.

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About Morgan McDaniel

Morgan McDaniel lives and breathes music. Part sound engineer, part musician, he attended LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts focusing on technical theatre and is a recent graduate from SAE Institute in New York. He has worked at several top-tier recording studios in New York, including the Magic Shop and Eastside Sound. On the job, he has been in charge of making sure sessions run smoothly by running errands for clients and engineers as well as setting up and breaking down the live room. In addition to this he has run live sound at the Living Room, Wicked Willies and Cafe Wha. A native New Yorker based on the Upper West Side, Morgan writes music reviews for Short and Sweet NYC and formerly played bass in the psychedelic rock band The Golden Grass, who have toured Europe and opened for Deep Purple. He currently plays lead guitar in the Brooklyn based heavy rock outfit Mirror Queen.
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