Seeing Gary Clark Jr. play Central Park SummerStage on a beautiful Monday night was no doubt an end-of-summer highlight for the sold-out crowd of 5,000 in attendance. From fan favorites on his Blak and Blu LP to covers of classic songs like “Catfish Blues,” he sang, shredded, and captivated his way through an impeccable set. Highlights included a guest appearance by G. Love on harmonica, and 11-year-old guitar prodigy Brandon Niederauer playing guitar on “Bright Lights.”
That performance, it turns out, was just a taste of muddy blues tsunami headed our way, however, as GCJ has announced a brand new live album “chronicling the first chapter of his career” and giving the diehard fanbase he’s built lick-by-lick with his live shows more of the fuzz they came for, a dirtier GCJ sound than we’ve gotten on some of his more polished studio productions recently. To give Okayplayer readers an exclusive preview of what to expect on the aptly-named Gary Clark, Jr. Live, we are extremely proud to premiere this especially nasty live clip of the iconic “Catfish Blues” (remember the White House?). It’s the best kind of Gary Clark, Jr. which is to say that GCJ doesn’t even step close enough to the mic to think about vocals until polishing the grime on his mesmerizing electric guitar-work for a minute and half. Watch below and hit the link to pre-order Gary Clark, Jr. Live via iTunes.