The 'Musically Schizophrenic' Genius Of Gary Clark Jr.

04/09/2015 6:56 AM AEST | Updated 15/07/2016 12:51 PM AEST
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MONTREAL, QC - AUGUST 02: Gary Clark, Jr performs on Day 3 of the Osheaga Music and Art Festival on August 2, 2015 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Mark Horton/WireImage)

No one tires of hearing someone rip a guitar to pieces. Hell, no one tires of doing it. But sitting on a balcony overlooking lower Manhattan on a humid August day, bluesy rock-'n'-roller and soon-to-be-legend Gary Clark Jr. explains that he wants his newest album, "The Story Of Sonny Boy Slim," (out Sept. 11), to be more than just a guitar-shredding feast. He wants you to know he’s also a “singer-songwriter soul funk dude.”

Clark’s always had pipes, he told The Huffington Post while donning his signature hat, Ray-Ban sunglasses and all-black ensemble. Though his Stevie Ray Vaughan-level skills pack the power to leave listeners drooling, Clark felt it was time to change things up. Time to “turn the guitar up and make some noise” -- vocally, that is.

“I was just kind of waiting for the time to bust that out,” Clark said. “And I really wanted this album to be, like, more musical, more expressive -- not just wait for the guitar solo, you know?"

Read the full story at The Huffington Post.

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