Live North America 2016

Live North America 2016

by Gary Clark Jr.

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Overview

Live North America 2016

More than most musicians working in the 21st century, Gary Clark, Jr. is dedicated to the live album. He released Live two years after his 2012 major-label debut, Blak and Blu, and Live North America 2016 arrives on a similar schedule, appearing in 2017 after the release of 2015's The Story of Sonny Boy Slim. Clark worked his second major-label album throughout 2016, so it's little surprise that a good chunk of that record appears here, along with a few choice selections from his debut. To this set list, Clark throws in covers of Jimmy Reed's "Honest I Do" and Elmore James' "My Baby's Gone." Clark nails Reed's laconic delivery and James' hypercharged slide guitar, proof of his versatility and taste, since he doesn't use either as vehicles for his virtuosity. He saves such pyrotechnics for his own work, but that's not even the key to why Live North America 2016 works as well as it does. The album succeeds because Gary Clark, Jr. knows that blues needs songs, feel, and groove in addition to solos. Indeed, the striking thing about the album is its vibe: he may be playing to large audiences, but the record feels warm and intimate, sliding into soul grooves as often as it gets gritty. In many ways, it feels richer than his studio albums, which rely on pushing his contemporary flair to the forefront. Live North America 2016 is all about the basics and that's why it works as well as it does.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/17/2017
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0093624913924
catalogNumber: 558885
Rank: 19872

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gary Clark   Primary Artist,Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Mark Corben   Sounds
Johnny Bradley   Bass,Background Vocals
Johnny Radelat   Drums,Background Vocals
King Zapata   Guitar

Technical Credits

Jimmy Reed   Composer
Elmore James   Composer
Keith Wissmar   Lighting Technician
Scooter Weintraub   Producer
Gary Clark   Composer,Producer
Sandra Clark   Company Manager
Mark Corben   Producer,Engineer
Kris Krishna   Tour Manager
Rachel Many   Layout
Taylor Flinn   Monitor Engineer
Gaston Jouany   Videography
Michael Weed   Road Manager

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