Gary Clark Jr. Reveals Title and Track-listing For Debut Album For WBR - Blak and Blu - Out Oct. 22; Tour Starts 9/17
Singer, songwriter, and guitarist extraordinaire Gary Clark Jr. has revealed the title and track-listing for his long-anticipated full-length debut album for Warner Bros. Records: Blak and Blu, which will be released on October 22. The album was produced by Mike Elizondo (Dr. Dre, Mastodon, Fiona Apple), Rob Cavallo (Green Day, My Chemical Romance) and Gary Clark Jr. Apart from Clark on guitar, vocals & trumpet, Blak and Blu features performances from drummer J.J. Johnson, keyboardist Zac Rae, and Elizondo on bass on many of the tracks. Please see below for the full album track-listing. The album will be available for pre-order Sept. 18. The first track off of the album, "Ain't Messin 'Round", will be available to purchase digitally on this date also. Listen to the full track now here.
In addition to 12 of Clark's original compositions, Blak and Blu also features a 13th song - a blistering cover of Little Johnny Taylor's (popularized by Albert Collins), "If You Love Me Like You Say / Third Stone From The Sun" (Jimi Hendrix) is actually a complete reworking of the song utilizing the Hendrix riff reinterpreted by Clark. The result is an extraordinary hybrid of the two ideas that breathes new fire to an old favorite.
Clark has been slipping songs from Blak and Blu into his sets while performing at all of this year's major music festivals, including Bonnaroo, Coachella, Osheaga Festival, Sasquatch!, Lollapalooza, and the NOLA Jazz & Heritage Festival. He was also the only artist invited to play both nights of Jay Z's Made in America Festival over Labor Day weekend. Clark's upcoming festival performances include Bridge School Benefit on Oct. 20 - 21 with label-mates Neil Young & Crazy Horse and Flaming Lips, Austin City Limitson Oct. 14, and Voodoo Fest in New Orleans on Oct. 26.
To coincide with the release of his album Clark will also make several television appearances in October. Those details will be announced soon.
The track-listing for Blak and Blu is as follows:
Ain't Messin 'Round
When My Train Pulls In
Blak and Blu
Glitter Ain't Gold (Jumpin' For Nothin')
Please Come Home
Things Are Changin'
Third Stone From The Sun/If You Love Me Like You Say
You Saved Me