SONG OF THE WEEK: GARY CLARK JR.'S "BLAK AND BLU"
I shied away from Gary Clark Jr. initially. He seemed like another blase guitar hero heralded by Eric Clapton, Rolling Stone, etc, and that didn't really interest me. Man was I wrong. I love his album Blak and Blu (especially the title track which is my song of the week pick). I don't really know how to describe this guy: he writes songs for Alicia Keys; guests on stage with the Stones; does awesome covers of Hendrix; has RIDICULOUS guitar tone; does the worn blues rock thing incredibly well; incorporates R&B production worthy of John Legend or Frank Ocean; and on and on. He appeals to old dudes (sorry dad & Bob Lefsetz) that miss straight-ahead rock n' roll from the 60s and 70s and to fans of contemporary R&B. Simply, it's the shit. He writes great songs, plays well, and sings well. If this guy is on a major then there is still hope, folks. Check it: