Saturday, January 28, 2012

Mob Wives: Gary Clark Jr.

Gary Clark Jr.
The new season of Mob Wives keeps the tradition of great music in each episode. Watching episode 2, we get to hear a song called "When My Train Pulls In" by a talented musician Gary Clark Jr. I had to hear this song in its entirety. I searched my rhapsody app on my iPad and found the "Bright Lights EP".  Once I found the single I see that it 8 minutes long.

The song on the EP is a solo acoustic performance. You can feel the pain in his voice. He falls into the modern blues genre which is a new genre for me.  I didn't know it existed until now.  I understand why it would get that label. It is an updated style while keeping true to the roots of blues music.  You have the ache of the blues singer.  You feel his pain.  When he says that he will be ready when his train pulls in you really understand that he is ready to leave the place. He is not wanted there. Also we get to hear Mr. Clark's guitar playing. There are no fancy production techniques to hide mediocre playing.  For the record I am not typing he is mediocre.  Actually he is a very talented musician in the vein of Stevie Ray Vaughan.  On the song all you get is a man singing and playing like he is trying to impress the devil down at the crossroads. He can play very well indeed. Gary Clark Jr. is another in a long line of great blues men who can impress with their voices and their playing.

Other songs on the EP include "Bright Lights" and "Don't Owe You a Thang." One is given the impression that this gentleman is not excited about being in the big city.   Bright Lights is a rocking blues song. You get the full band playing this time around.  They compliment the track.   When he sings "you are gonna know my name" you believe.  He also sings "bright lights, big city going to my head but I don't care because you don't care."   He seem like a young man who wants you to know him.  His style isn't over the top when he plays the guitar solos.  It's just straight in your face rock.   On the song, "I Don't Owe You a Thang" he sings, "we ain't getting married because I ain't got no money, no car and ain't buying no diamond ring."  You can really feel his pain in the song. He knows, he is not right for the woman.  Or maybe she is not right for him.   I can really get behind this song.  Overall each song, displays the talented Mr. Clark playing guitar.   His voice is unique.   It does not remind me of anybody who has come before. Too often when you hear a singer these days, he/she sounds like somebody before.  Gary Clark Jr. stands an original.  I hope to hear more music from him for many years to come.  Left Right Productions is definitely handling their musically duties for Mob Wives.

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Mob Mistress said...

Thank you for posting Underboss. I really like the music!

Chiara Soprano said...

Great Blog! So glad you did something on the music. I have a feeling the songs selected are going to be made into a soundtrack for purchase and I'd love to know more about them and the artists.

The Underboss said...

He is definitely exciting and he is from Austin so the SRV comparisons are going to be there but I think he is great. Get to know his name because he is going to be huge.