Blak and Blu Remixed

Gary Clark Jr.’s major label debut gets remodeled next month

Blak and Blu Remixed

Hailed as the only artist nominated in one Grammy year for both Best Rock Song (“Ain’t Messin ‘Round”) and Best Traditional R&B Song (“Please Come Home”), Gary Clark Jr. now bends genres even further. Next month, there’s Blak and Blue: The Mixtape, a hip-hop-structured comp of unreleased tracks and remakes of his major label debut.

The collection’s not yet complete, but Warner Bros., Clark’s label, maintains that’ll happen over the next couple weeks. The local guitar hero’s already culled contributions from singers Erykah Badu, Bilal, and Jill Scott, rapper Talib Kweli, and Houston jazz-hop impresario Robert Glasper.

If the Big K.R.I.T.-assisted remake of Blak and Blu’s title track streaming here is any indication, The Mixtape will offer a deep descent into Clark’s expansive interests. The Austinite’s national bow came out October 2012 as something of a hodgepodge drawing blood from the legends of Jimi Hendrix, Al Green, and Little Johnny Taylor, and matched elements of deep blues alongside contemporary hip-hop in ways few albums had prior.

Such experimentation drew ire from Clark traditionalists in search of Delta blues, but that adventurousness proved provocative for a much wider audience. A couple years removed from playing for $3 covers at Lamberts, Clark had taken full command of his root passions.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More Gary Clark Jr.
Gary Clark Jr. Packs Antone’s for Spotify Exclusive Event
Gary Clark Jr. Packs Antone’s for Spotify Exclusive Event
Homegrown bluesman debuts This Land

Raoul Hernandez, Feb. 12, 2019

Bright Lights Over Gary Clark Jr.
Bright Lights Over Gary Clark Jr.
Heft and heart for the first of three solo hometown gigs

Bryan Rolli, Dec. 5, 2016

More by Chase Hoffberger
Revisiting the Railroad Killer
Revisiting the Railroad Killer
Local journo Alex Hannaford’s Dead Man Talking podcast investigates the case against a man on death row

Nov. 16, 2018

EMS Union Set for Leadership Contest
EMS Union Set for Leadership Contest
Association to cast ballot between incumbent Tony Marquardt or challenger Selena Xie

Nov. 16, 2018

KEYWORDS FOR THIS POST

Gary Clark Jr., Talib Kweli, Big KRIT, Warner Bros., Blak and Blu, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Bilal, Robert Glasper

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Updates for SXSW 2019

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle