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Gary Clark Jr. performs "Bright Lights" live in studio on KEXP's The Roadhouse. Recorded 2/13/2012.

Host: Greg Vandy
Audio Engineer: Kevin Suggs
Cameras: Shelly Corbett, Zach Gore and Scott Holpainen
Editing: Scott Holpainen

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Blak and Blu
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Studio album by Gary Clark, Jr.
ReleasedOctober 22, 2012
  • Blues rock
  • neo-soul
  • R&B
  • hard rock
LabelWarner Bros.
  • Gary Clark Jr.
  • Mike Elizondo
  • Rob Cavallo
  • Tim Kelley
Gary Clark, Jr. chronology
Singles from Blak and Blu
  1. "Ain't Messin 'Round"
    Released: September 18, 2012
  2. "Numb"
    Released: October 2, 2012

Blak and Blu is the major-label debut studio album by American musician Gary Clark, Jr., released on October 22, 2012.[1] The album touches on a wide variety of traditionally black music genres, including soul ("Please Come Home"), hip-hop/R&B ("The Life"), Chuck Berry-esque rock and roll ("Travis County"), and Clark's trademark, blues ("When My Train Pulls In", "Numb", "Next Door Neighbor Blues"). Blak and Blu netted Clark his first two Grammy Award nominations, one for Best Rock Song ("Ain't Messin Round") and the other for Best Traditional R&B Performance ("Please Come Home") which won. This marked the first time that an artist was nominated in both categories in the same year.[2] It peaked at number six on the Billboard 200 album chart, and number one on the Blues Albums chart.


  • 1 Critical reception
  • 2 Track listing
  • 3 Blak and Blu The Mixtape
    • 3.1 Track list
  • 4 Personnel
  • 5 Charts
  • 6 References

Critical reception

The album was awarded a 3.5 star rating by Rolling Stone and was listed at #27 on Rolling Stone's list of the top 50 albums of 2012, in which the author said "Clark's brain-frying guitar solos are more about noise nuance and phrasing than speed-trial note-spitting."[9][10] Not all reviews were entirely positive, however. The Chicago Tribune gave the album a 2.5 out of 4 review, stating that the album lacked cohesiveness and consistency due to the wide variety of genres featured.[11]

In 2013, Blak and Blu was nominated for a Blues Music Award in the 'Contemporary Blues Album' category.[12]

Track listing

  • All songs written by Gary Clark, Jr., except as noted.

Blak and Blu The Mixtape

Blak and Blu The Mixtape
Mixtape by Gary Clark, Jr. presented by D-Nice
ReleasedApril 30, 2014 (April 30, 2014)
GenreHip hop, R&B, pop, indie pop

On 30 April 2014, Gary Clark, Jr. also released a mixtape of the songs under the title Blak and Blu The Mixtape presented by D-Nice.


  • Gary Clark, Jr. – lead and backing vocals, lead and rhythm guitar, bass, drums, programming, trumpet, percussion, congas
  • Zapata! – rhythm guitars
  • Mike Elizondo – bass, fuzz guitar, keyboards, percussion, programming
  • Zac Rae – Keyboards, hammond organ, wurlitzer, piano, vibraphone
  • J.J. Johnson – drums, percussion
  • Scott Nelson – bass
  • Satnam Ramgotra – tabla, percussion
  • Danny T. Levin – trumpet, trombone, flugelhorn
  • David Moyer – tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone
  • Stevie Black – strings
  • Recording engineers: Adam Hawkins, Doug McKean
  • Mixing: Adam Hawkins, Doug McKean
  • Assistant engineers: Brent Arrowood, Chris Sporleder, Russ Waugh
  • Mastering: Ted Jensen
  • A&R: Lenny Waronker
  • Creative design, direction and photography: Frank Maddocks


  1. ^ "Listen To New Music & See Gary On Tour". Retrieved 17 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Gary Clark Jr. Receives Two 2013 Grammy Nominations - BWWMusicWorld". 2014-01-26. Retrieved 2014-07-31. 
  3. ^ Deming, Mark (2012-10-22). "Blak and Blu - Gary Clark, Jr. : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  4. ^ "Gary Clark Jr. album review; Blak and Blu reviewed - Chicago Tribune". 2012-10-22. Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  5. ^ "Gary Clark Jr. Claims His Blues Crown With 'Blak and Blu' @ Antiquiet Reviews". 2012-10-19. Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  6. ^ greg (2012-10-19). "Gary Clark Jr.: Blak and Blu:: Review". Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  7. ^ "Blak and Blu | Album Reviews". Rolling Stone. 2012-10-23. Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  8. ^ "Gary Clark Jr. - Blak and Blu User Opinions". sputnikmusic. Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  9. ^ Jon Pareles (2012-10-23). "Blak and Blu | Album Reviews". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2014-07-31. 
  10. ^ "50 Best Albums of 2012: Gary Clark Jr., 'Blak and Blu'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  11. ^ "Album review: Gary Clark Jr., 'Blak and Blu'". Chicago Tribune. 2012-10-22. 
  12. ^ "Blues Music Awards Nominees - 2013 - 34th Blues Music Awards". Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  13. ^ "iTunes - Music - Blak and Blu (Deluxe Version) by Gary Clark Jr". 2012-10-16. Retrieved 2014-07-31. 
  14. ^ " – Gary Clark Jr. – Blak and Blu". Hung Medien. Retrieved February 8, 2013.
  15. ^ " – Gary Clark Jr. – Blak and Blu" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved October 1, 2013.
  16. ^ " – Gary Clark Jr. – Blak and Blu" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved October 1, 2013.
  17. ^ " – Gary Clark Jr. – Blak and Blu" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved October 1, 2013.
  18. ^ "Gary Clark Jr.: Blak and Blu" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved February 8, 2013.
  19. ^ " – Gary Clark Jr. – Blak and Blue". Hung Medien. Retrieved February 8, 2013.
  20. ^ " – Gary Clark Jr. – Blak and Blu". Hung Medien. Retrieved February 8, 2013.
  21. ^ " – Gary Clark Jr. – Blak and Blu". Hung Medien. Retrieved October 1, 2013.

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