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Gary Clark Jr. - Next Door Neighbour Blues

Got that Friday feeling? We don’t either. Friday is as blue and unforgiving as any other day on this cruel planet of ours. But don’t fear, the Far Out Magazine track of the day will send your weekend off in the right direction – straight towards the broody past of the Mississippi Delta, with the brilliant Gary Clark Jr.

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Clark Jr’s ‘Next Door Neighbour Blues’ drags you back a few generations to the days when Robert Johnson was selling his soul to the Devil and pouring his heart into the first really influential early Blues recordings. No doubt Gary Clark Jr has taken inspiration from the likes of Johnson and his contemporaries like Skip James and Blind Willie Johnson; the raw twangs of the steel guitar accompanied by nothing but an earnest stomp of the foot and Texas-born Clark Jr’s soulful voice. It would feel in no way out of place on one of those charming old crackly recordings from yesteryear.

That’s not to say this sounds dated, more timeless; this particularly straight forward brand of blues is almost unrivalled in the feelings it can provoke despite being one of the earliest genres to be put on record. ‘Next Door Neighbour Blues’ possesses much of the same qualities; dripping in soul and embellished with some nice familiar blues licks. It’s almost impossible to listen to this and not want to delve into Clark Jr’s back catalogue of music, which wouldn’t be a disappointing thing.

Next Door Neighbour Blues is taken off Clark Jr’s latest album Black and Blu.

Ryan McMurtry