Gary Clark Jr.: Live/North America 2016 Review

Gary Clark Jr. is back with Live/North America 2016, a series of live recordings over his North American tour last year. Having seen Gary Clark Jr. live for the first time back in 2012 I was very much looking forward to this release as the concert I saw him was honestly one of the best live shows I’ve seen. Clark is just one of those artists that has to be heard live.

The album kicks off with “Grinder” from The Story of Sonny Boy Slim, which a majority of the tracks performed are from. “The Healing” follows, which was one of the better tracks on The Story of Sonny Boy Slim and comes off even better in the live environment. “Our Love” follows and a music video was recently released for the track. After is “Cold Blooded” and then the explosive “When My Train Pulls In,” which is by far one of Clark’s best tracks live. The energy is palpable and Gary’s playing is absolutely on fire. Things get a little more chill on “Down To Ride,” but in a good way. The gritty “You Saved Me” is next before heading back into The Story of Sonny Boy Slim territory with “Shake,” which features Leon Bridges and saxophone from Jeff Davey.

Live/North America 2016 has two previously unreleased tracks in Jimmy Reed’s “Honest Do I” and Elmore James’ “My Baby’s Gone.” Things close with another live staple, “Numb.”

If you haven’t heard Gary Clark Jr. live, you haven’t truly heard Gary Clark Jr. The live environment enables Clark to really open up his sound and it’s a completely different experience than his studio albums. Live/North America 2016 captures Gary right in his element and circles the wagon of what modern day blues can be.

The Review: 9/10

Can’t Miss Tracks

– The Healing
– When My Train Pulls In
– Down To Ride
– You Saved Me
– Numb

The Big Hit

– When My Train Pulls In

Review by Pete Francis

Buy the album: Amazon | Amazon UK

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