Gary Clark, Jr. reveals plans for new album, tour

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Gary Clark, Jr. has revealed plans for an autumn tour in support of his forthcoming album, Blak and Blu. The singer-songwriter and guitar virtuoso will hit Massachusetts in November for a two-night stand at The Sinclair in Cambridge on Friday, November 2 and Saturday, November 2. Tickets for each of the shows will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster for $22.50

Blak and Blu, Clark’s highly anticipated full-length major label debut will hit stores on October 22 via Atlantic Records. Recorded in California earlier this year, the Austin, Texas native co-produced the album alongside Mike Elizondo (Mastodon, Fiona Apple) and Rob Cavallo (Green Day, My Chemical Romance). Apart from Clark on guitar, vocals & trumpet, it features performances from drummer J.J. Johnson, keyboardist Zac Rae, and Elizondo on bass on many of the tracks. In addition to 12 of Clark’s original compositions, Blak and Blu also features a cover of Little Johnny Taylor’s (popularized by Albert Collins), “If You Love Me Like You Say / Third Stone From The Sun” (Jimi Hendrix). Lead single “Ain’t Messin ‘Round” is streaming below.

“I’ve been associated with the blues guitar guy thing, and that is a major part of what I do,” Clark said in a recent interview with Billboard. “But I was influenced by and love all sorts of music. So for my first major label album, I wanted to just put all that out there and write and record that and experiment with all kinds of sounds rather than play straight-ahead blues or whatever single genre and then bring in the weird stuff later. I think I might as well introduce myself as a weirdo first and get it out of the way and see what happens. It doesn’t sound like people expect, which I think is cool.”

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