Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and virtuoso guitarist Gary Clark Jr. will release his second full-length studio album, entitled The Story of Sonny Boy Slim, on September 11th via Warner Bros. Records. It will be available for pre-order from participating digital retailers beginning today, July 30th. Those who pre-order will receive an instant download of two new album tracks: "The Healing," and "Grinder."
The Story of Sonny Boy Slim is the uncanny evolution of an artist embracing his roots with a rarified grace, style, and an inextinguishable passion which reflects his vision as a songwriter, groove master, and the vocal force of nature he has become, while his guitar virtuosity already speaks (quite voluminously) for itself.
The Story of Sonny Boy Slim was written, produced, arranged by Clark, who also plays most of the instruments, with assistance from his long-time live soundman, Bharath "Cheex" Ramanat and Jason Sciba. Backing vocals are provided by his sisters Shawn and Savannah Clark. The album was recorded by Ramanath and Sciba.
As witnessed by the global reception of Clark's first studio album, Blak And Blu (2012) and Gary Clark Jr. LIVE (2014), the young Texan has established himself as a sonic expressionist and guitar virtuoso who has absorbed classic forms of the past while looking forward to forge his own path of thoroughly modern music that can only be classified as "Gary Clark Jr. Music." The direction of The Story of Sonny Boy Slim takes Clark even further into his diverse musical roots.
Clark has just completed a sold-out European tour and begins his domestic run this weekend at Lollapalooza 2015 in Chicago, followed by a series of fall shows with Foo Fighters in September and October. U.S headline dates have just been confirmed and will begin Oct 31 in Boston and wind up in Portland, OR, on April 13. All confirmed tour dates are listed below.
The Story Of Sonny Boy Slim track listing:
1. The Healing
4. Our Love
6. Hold On
7. Cold Blooded
10. Can't Sleep
13. Down To Ride
Gary Clark Jr., upcoming tour dates are as follows:
July 30 Chicago, IL House of Blues
July 31 Chicago, IL Lollapalooza
Aug 02 Montreal, QC Osheaga Music and Arts Festival
Aug 22 Pownal, VT The Full Tilt Boogie Festival
Aug /23 New York, NY Afropunk Festival
Oct 02 Austin, TX ACL Festival
Oct 09 Austin, TX ACL Festival
with Foo Fighters:
Sep 11 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
Sep 12 George, WA Gorge Amphitheatre
Sep 14 Portland, OR Moda Center
Sep 16 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
Sep 21 Los Angeles, CA The Forum
Sep 24 Chula Vista, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Sep 25 Phoenix, AZ AK-Chin Pavilion
Sep 27 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheater
Sep 29 Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Energy Arena
Sep 30 Wichita, KS INTRUST Bank Arena
Oct 04 Atlanta, GA Centennial Olympic Park
Oct 05 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
Oct 07 Memphis, TN FedEx Forum
Oct 17 Anaheim, CA Honda Center
Every ticket purchased online for Gary Clark Jr.'s fall/spring headline tour starting Oct 31, will include a standard digital download of The Story of Sonny Boy Slim:
Oct 31 Boston, MA H.O.B.
Nov 1 Philadelphia, PA The Fillmore
Feb 18 St. Petersburg, FL Jannus Live
Feb 19 Miami, FL The Fillmore
Feb 20 Lake Buena Vista, FL H.O.B.
Feb 21 Ponte Vedra Beach, FL Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
Feb 23 Birmingham, AL Iron City
Feb 24 Chattanooga, TN Tivoli Theater
Feb 26 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
Feb 28 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
Mar 1 Tulsa, OK Cain's Ballroom
Mar 4 Houston, TX Warehouse Live Ballroom
Mar 6 Dallas, TX H.O.B.
Mar 8 El Paso, TX Tricky Falls
Mar 12 Las Vegas, NV Brooklyn Bowl
Mar 31 Kansas City, MO Uptown Theater
Apr 1 Chicago, IL Riviera Theater
Apr 2 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
Apr 3 Omaha, NE Slowdown
Apr 5 Denver, CO Ogden Theater
Apr 8 Salt Lake City, UT The Depot
Apr 9 Boise, ID Knitting Factory
Apr 10 Seattle, WA Moore Theater
Apr 12 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
Apr 14 Portland, OR Roseland Theater