New Rock: Gary Clark Jr., “Bright Lights”

The Grammy nominee for Best Rock Song who wasn’t a 60s artist and doesn’t sound like a harder-edge Bee Gees is Gary Clark Jr.

The song he was nominated for is from his okay debut album, Black and Blu, which shows off a variety of blues, soul, r’n’b and rock styles. It features a horn section and a wicked guitar solo, but suffers I think from a lack of real passion from Clark. He’s performing, but I couldn’t help think that if Dave Grohl was playing drums, driving him forward that he would have taken home the miserable little prize.

This older song, on the other hand, goes large. In other words, no accordions.

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