Gary Clark Jr
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Gary Clark Jr




I was one of the 800 plus people in the crowd waiting to witness the guitar skills and vocal talent of Gary Clark Jr on this first of two SOLD OUT Melbourne shows. He tore to the stage with an old school delta blues guitar slide riff, using his signature Epiphone Casino hollow body, the crowd knew what they were in for. Clark didn’t disappoint holding the crowd in awe with his guitar tone. Clark has just about done it all: appearing at the Crossroads Guitar Festival on many occasions, jammed with The Rolling Stones at their 50th Anniversary concert and appeared in an unforgettable performance of George Harrison's 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps' on the CBS special The Beatles: A Night That Changed America.

Gary Clark Jr

A superb and tight three piece backing band behind him delivering his songs allowing Clarks soulful vocals in hits like ‘Bright Lights’ and the blues fan favorite ‘When My Train Pulls In’ to shine through. With Johnny Radelat on the drums, King Zapata on second guitar and Johnny Bradley on the bass, they belted out a set of just less than two hours, definitely giving the people their money’s worth. Performing hits from his three albums and many EP’s, I think the stand out for me was ‘When My Train Pulls In’. It has captivating lyrics, enchanted vocal melodies and a sweet guitar sounds.

A show and a talent that you couldn’t fault. His blissful lyrics giving off that connected feeling between him and who he is delivering to. Clark seemed to be really happy to be back in Australia mingling with audience and was ready to get down to business and give them what they came for.

Gary Clark Jr

His guitar ability second to none, reminiscent of the early vintage Cream guitar tone delivered blues licks from influences such as B.B. King, Eric Clapton and Albert King leaving the crowd in amazement. I would say Clark is in the league of great modern day blues guitar players with John Mayer, Joe Bonamassa and Derek Trucks. A real other stand out tune for me was ‘Travis Country’ which is real Chuck Berry 50’s rock'n'roll number, having the place bopping and tapping their feet second song in.

Toward the end of set were the crowd pleasers such as ‘Bright Lights’ from the EP with the same name and as the encore ‘Don’t Owe You A Thang’ giving a rumbling roar that didn’t seem to end. Clark is off to The Metro in Sydney April 10th to finish off his Australian Leg of the Tour. I’m sure many of us can’t wait for him to return.

Gary Clark Jr

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