Gary Clark Jr. can be explained as an aftershock from the blues craze of the early ’60s, or as a reincarnated Jimi Hendrix, or as an entirely new breed of musician.
Gary Clark Jr.’s guitar mastery mixed with his deep and smooth voice make him a blues-rock powerhouse. He is know to cover Jimi Hendrix songs during his live shows and he even has a cover of Catfish Blues on his live album. Clark’s soulful take on classic blues-rock sound make him an entirely separate genre from anything else out at this time, and people seem to be drawn to his unique sound and image. He continues to pack his festival performances and sell out venues across the country- proving that individualism does pay off. He also proves this point by winning the grammy for best R&B performance in 2014 and being a grammy nominee for best rock song in the same year.
Clark is a self taught guitarist who learned to play by watching old tapes of blues musicians like T-Bone Walker performing. The blues performers that he learned from still resonate in the sound from his guitar and his bluesy voice.
If you are a fan at all of any classic blues or classic rock, I can’t recommend Gary Clark Jr. enough. If you are in the Tulsa area, he has a show coming up in September.
The Growlers seem to encompass their sunny and warm stomping grounds of Orange County California perfectly in their beachy, garage rock tunes. Front man, Brooks Nielsen gives the band its nostalgic feel with his haunting vocals that are reminiscent of so many bands in the ’60s such as The Byrds and The Smiths. The self-described “beach goth” band members are; Matt Taylor on lead guitar, Anthony Braun Perry on bass, Scott Montoya on drums, and Kyle Straka on the keyboard and guitar.
Although The Growlers music has a psychedelic ’60s hippie feeling, the band members put on a much more intense live show. In one interview, Brooks Nielsen tells stories of the band being pulled off stage by security guards, waking up with new tattoos, and being kicked out of venues they were hired to perform at. Despite their chill music the band members have a reputation for dressing in costume, taking drugs, and partying like true rock stars.
With their broad and hard to pin down genre, The Growlers can appeal to almost any music fan who is open to them. Each album is different from the last while still carrying the unique beach-grunge-indie-rock sound of the band in every song. If you would like to give The Growlers a spin, I have linked some of their top songs below.