Gary Clark Jr., Albert Hammond Jr. Talk & Play
It was a brilliant week at WFUV radio where a pair of Juniors – both amazing guitar players – stopped by for conversations with me and to lay down live versions of songs found on recently released albums. Follow the links to hear the chats and enjoy video of the performances.
To say Gary Clark Jr. has had a wild run since the last time he visited our Bronx studios (in December of 2011) would be an understatement. The Austin native – now living in Los Angeles – been on an epic rocket ride that has included playing for President Obama, jamming with Eric Clapton and The Rolling Stones, and winning a Grammy for best traditional R&B performance. The category is significant as the new album, The Story of Sonny Boy Slim, contains a gumbo with generous parts R&B and a pinch of gospel mixed with the blues-wailing rock guitar that (with songs like Bright Lights) initially earned him his reputation. Clark isn’t interested in being a guitar hero or living up to someone else’s idea of a bluesman; he’s an artist who is following his own creative impulses and creating extraordinary recordings. Get to know the man and his music better in this FUV LIVE session with Gary Clark Jr.
To understand Albert Hammond Jr. you have to read between the lines. He’s not going to spell things out with his lyrics or his remarks in conversation. It’s been 14 years since The Strokes’ initial recordings made them the most acclaimed New York City rock band since The Velvet Underground. The Strokes are still extant but at the moment, the artist is the son of the singer/songwriter/producer Albert Hammond whose hits included It Never Rains in Southern California, is looking to establish himself as a bona fide solo artist and he’s made a convincing case with his new album Momentary Masters. In this FUV Live session with Albert Hammond Jr., he led his band, including a pair of other guitarists as well as a rhythm section, through a tight, focused session in studio A and gave some insight into his music and himself without giving too much away.