Man....just when you have given up on new music...SURPRISE!

Discussion in 'The Sound Hound Lounge' started by webe123, Jun 25, 2018.

  1. webe123

    webe123 Member

    Dec 24, 2003
    I was at home watching the second season of a show called Luke is basically about a black man that had some experiments on his body done by the government that mde him bulletproof and explosion proof. (He does not wear a cape or costume, just regular clothes....but goes out and takes on drug dealers amd the like)

    Anyway, I was watching the 2ond episode where they have a scene of this guy playing guitar in this bar with a live band and you could have knocked me over with a feather at that point! He was ca blues player....and man was he good. The guys name was actually a real recording artist named Gary Clark Jr....he has had some success in the US with one song but that was about it. Love the Gibson SG he was playing!

    But his playing immediately reminded me of something like Jimi Hendrix or SRV would play. And it kind of restored my faith that there still IS talent out there....even if it is buried because it is not rap or hip hop.
    Take a listen to a couple of his songs I heard on that TV episode of Luke Cage and judge for yourself. You may or may not like it depending on what your tastes are....but I love it! As an old coot who longs for 70's music...this really hit the spot! I left the links below in case somebody wanted to check the two songs I mentioned out.

    (Bright Lights)


    (If trouble was money)

    Last edited: Jun 25, 2018
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  2. saitama

    saitama Member

    May 15, 2017
    Gary Clark has been around for a while, actually. He's pretty big in the blues circles.
  3. webe123

    webe123 Member

    Dec 24, 2003
    The thing that is kinda frustrating is... that unless you are a rap or hip hop artist simply do not get noticed. This was the very first time I ever heard him and even then I would not have if he had not of been on a TV show I was watching. Just tells you the state of the music industry nowdays.
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  4. onemoretime

    onemoretime Member

    Feb 13, 2014
    GCJr. is famous enough to have Epiphone Casino and Gibson SG Signature models.
  5. Pixies2005

    Pixies2005 Member

    Jun 29, 2014
    Melbourne, Australia
    You know, increasingly snippits of music on tv series or movies is how I come across new music .

    Then I'll listen to them on Spotify and listen to similar artists .

    It's great that you found someone new to you that you enjoy.

    To those posters mildy chastising the OP for not being aware of Mr Clarke before : grow up, sheeh
  6. eclecticsynergy

    eclecticsynergy Member

    Mar 17, 2015
    really nice Hendrixey fuzz tone on those leads.
  7. Gibson Dog

    Gibson Dog Silver Supporting Member

    Feb 1, 2018
    Los Angeles
    Are you serious or is this a joke? I’ve been going to see him for at least 10 years. He’s really popular here in Los Angeles with every crowd. I feel sorry for all you guys that have given up on music when there’s so much great new music happening right now.

    If you don’t look for new music & show up to support it that’s your choice. I’ve seen GC Jr at least 10 times. Check out Johnny Marr & JD McPherson both of those guys are killer guitarists , I’ve seen them both recently. Rival Sons are already an all time great band & Scott Holiday is a bada$$ guitarist. Queens of the Stone Age are like a machine that band will blow your mind live! The Pretty Reckless are another killer rock band but you have to open your mind. I search new music on iTunes & Spotify EVERY week , I listen to at least a little of everything. You have to be open to it & don’t think about labels. Lukas Nelson is a BEAST live!! He mostly plays a Jr & a 2.5 hour show is short for him. Like I said you have to be open minded & move forward, Christina Aguilera even put out a killer record! Again TONS of great music & you don’t have to look hard to find it.

    You can sit at home on the computer & talk about how great Peter Green was or you can choose to participate & live in the present , it’s up to you.
  8. Panzer917

    Panzer917 Member

    Jul 15, 2017
    Seattle, Wa
    Finding new music does take some work these days, especially if you dont like Itunes/Spotufy.

    My no1 is probably playlists on youtube. Never know what youll get, but its less pay for play. Also buying direct gives more to the art ists than dl singles.

    No2 is print media frim Europe like Outburn, Prog, etc.

    Concerning Gary Clark jnr, I dont particularly care about blues players/performers , but I have jnown his name for the last decade. OP I am looking foreward to Season 2 Luke Cage. Big fan of the Netflix Marvel series, plus my wife has a crush on the lead actor.
  9. mfranzdorf

    mfranzdorf Member

    Feb 10, 2014
    Cool that you found Mr. Clark Jr. Yes he’s been around a while, but so have a lot of musicians I’ve never heard of. I’ll peruse iTunes and check out a new release of an unknown to me artist and discover that they have several previous releases and a considerable fan base.
    As far as Gary Clark Jr goes, I really dig his playing style.
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  10. Astronaut FX

    Astronaut FX Member

    Feb 18, 2015
    Midwestern Hellride
    Clark is certainly a good player.

    But with respect to “giving up on new music,” if your criteria for what constitutes good music, is new music that sounds like old music, well, then you’re always going to be a little limited and maybe closed off.

    Either way, glad you found something to enjoy.
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  11. Hudman_1

    Hudman_1 Member

    May 12, 2018
    “Giving up on new music” is a constant mantra of every generation as they get older. Every generation has a portion of people that claim all of the new music sucks. It’s silly to believe an art form that has been around for thousands of years is no longer creative or good. I am 49 and swear I will never reach a point where I blindly reject new music.

    Gary Clark is pretty big. He did a cover of Come Together for the Justice League soundtrack last year.
  12. ZiggyStarrdust

    ZiggyStarrdust Member

    Aug 18, 2015
    A lot of people stop trying to discover new music right around 30. There are actually studies on this and why the radio industry has a ton of stations focusing on music that is in that 15-30 years old range.

    So this, "I heard something new on TV I liked" thing is more common than you might think and the reason a lot of artists management tries to get things on TV, commercials and movies (outside of the immediate monetary impact)

    For me personally, with all these streaming options, there's no excuse to not be discovering new things all the time. I stream in a month what would have cost me thousands of dollars in CD's 20 years ago.

    And Gary Clark Jr. is freaking amazing and regardless of how you discovered him, be happy you did.
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  13. Go Cat Go!!

    Go Cat Go!! Member

    Sep 16, 2005
    New York City
    Wait till you get to episode 4 and see Christone “Kingfish” Ingram. He kicks ass and isonly 18 years old.

    The Luke Cage soundtrack is seriously great. It's a mix of everything. Jazz, soul, hip hop, blues, it's a musical Jambalaya!
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  14. zeffbeff

    zeffbeff Member

    Dec 18, 2014
    New music takes effort now. In the past, there were such limited channels of music exposure, with radio being the biggest, so it was easy to be "fed" new music.

    I've been digging Hot Snakes lately, but apparently they've been around forever. I discovered them on my weekly auto generated Spotify playlist.

    It's a little sad that there isn't much of a "shared experience" outside of pop anymore, but this is the new normal, and it'll only get even more so.
  15. Zenyatta Mondatta

    Zenyatta Mondatta Member

    May 1, 2018
    There's lots of popular music out there besides rap and hip hop. But blues music isn't widely listened to, and hasn't been for a long time.
  16. 1bluzman

    1bluzman Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2016
    southern Oregon
    Yes kingfish is quite good , also check out Marcus King , another great young player!
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  17. mge80

    mge80 Member

    Feb 1, 2005
    The Woods of Wisconsin
    "New music" and "Gary Clark, Jr"?

    Ok, then.:dunno
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  18. VJF

    VJF Member

    Jun 3, 2008
    Philadelphia, PA
    I discovered Gary Clark Jr when I saw the movie Chef
  19. GreenKnight18

    GreenKnight18 Member

    May 12, 2008
    There is great music out there. You just have to look for it, and in this day and age it's a little harder-- but it can be done! Glad you found some cool new stuff for your ears.
  20. DewieCox

    DewieCox Supporting Member

    Mar 7, 2011
    You gave up on new music several years ago if you’re just now hearing about Gary Clark.

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