NEW YORK — When Gary Clark Jr.’s right hand hits the strings of his electric guitar, it’s almost always a downstroke — as if he wants gravity on his side. At a crammed Mercury Lounge on Tuesday, the notes fall off his guitar like raindrops. Ripe fruit. Bombs.
Sixties-inspired blues-rock shouldn’t steal your breath so easily in 2011, but Clark’s playing can be almost paralyzing. A dumbstruck front-row fan can’t seem to get his hands to clap between songs. “Wow,” he says, arms pinned to his sides. “Wowwowwow.”
Clark, who headlines sold-out shows at the 8x10 in Baltimore Friday and the District’s Red Palace on Saturday, won’t release his major-label debut album until next year, but some have already crowned him the three-way heir to Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan. But his promise stretches beyond that. The 27-year-old Austin native isn’t resuscitating the blues so much as trying to wrestle it into the future.
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