“It’s been a long time since a young bluesman was hailed as a rock star,” Michael Corcoran wrote of Austin’s Gary Clark Jr. in the October Texas Monthly, and now the 28-year-old’s eagerly anticipated album, Blak and Blu, is finally in stores.
“The wickedly talented Texas guitar hero mixes a dash of Jimi Hendrix, a dollop of the Black Keys and a whole heap of awesome in his commanding full-length major label debut,” raved Enertainment Weekly in its current “Must List” (print-magazine only, from the October 26 issue).
And to promote the album Clark performed the its opening track, “Ain’t Messin’ Around,” on Monday on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (scroll down for video).
Rolling Stone made it the big lead review in its October 25 issue, though the record only received 3 1/2 stars out of five.
“He’s a full-fledged guitar hero of the classic school,” wrote Jon Pareles, who is also the lead music critic for the New York Times (which profiled Clark as well