Weekly 40-Watt #12: Gary Clark, Jr.'s 'This Land'

Weekly 40-Watt #12: Gary Clark, Jr.'s 'This Land'

In the past two years, I’ve visited two cities for the first time during separate bachelor parties. One was Austin in early fall 2017. The other was Nashville in late summer 2018.

Different vibes in both cities, but each has their own type of energy when it comes to music. To my own surprise, I found that I preferred Nashville’s vibe — a place where any given bar could feature a country-blues-rockabilly trio or quartet playing covers song from any given genre. It’s a higher power that blesses you with an alt-country adaptation of Fall Out Boy’s “Sugar, We’re Going Down” when you’re six or eight or twelve beers deep.

But it was in Austin where I was encouraged to check out Gary Clark Jr.’s live albums by a friend. The blues-rock genre-bender lives outside of Austin — it’s the location of his new album’s opening track, which finds Clark combatting open racism loudly and righteously — and he’s well known for a fiery stage presence.

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