KCRW DJ Mario Cotto reflects on Gary Clark Jr’s performance in LA at Bardot last night:
Gary Clark Jr. is a relevation. I honestly know very little about this dude, but the basics are that he shreds the guitar Voodoo Child-style. But, unlike Jimi, his performance is less of a technical, psychedelic trance. He’s got the urgency, heartbreak, and sensuality of great bluesy soul music.
Although for the most part the tracks were fuzzy stompers, at a couple of points Gary sang in a Smokey falsetto (on a track called “Please Come Home“) that pretty much had every living thing in the room at full attention, just to melt it all like ice cream. His band is super-tight, the songs are great, he’s totally electric and it’s just so good to see a couple of guys just bring it.
Gary Clark Jr. has got pretty much got it going on…if you get a chance to see him, don’t miss it.
(P.S. Don’t worry about the melting part, it feels good.)
— Mario Cotto