Following his incredible 2012 release Blak and Blu, Gary Clark, Jr. has returned with the first two singles from his upcoming sophomore album, The Story of Sonny Boy Slim. Clark has shared “The Healing” and “Grinder,” which are available below, as well as a trailer for the album.
Due out September 11, The Story of Sonny Boy Slim contains songs written, produced, and performed by Clark himself. The sophomore album also includes backing vocals from Clark’s sisters Shawn and Savannah. In the album trailer, Clark talks about the name of the album, saying his mom called him Sonny Boy, while his friends would call him Slim. Clark also goes on to describe the music that inspired the album, saying, “My inspirations range from classical, to hip-hop, to EDM, to whatever. I love sounds so much, whatever makes noise, I listen to it and soak it up like a sponge.” You can certainly hear the hip-hop influence in the track “The Healing,” while “Grinder” is much more blues-focused like Blak and Blu.
(Via Consequence of Sound)