Gary Clark Jr.'s new album lives up to the furious energy of his live shows, dragging a notoriously traditionalist genre into the new millennium. As Clark continues to alternate between studio and live albums, he strikes a balance on This Land that brings the 35-year-old Texan to new heights. Clark pulls no punches and wastes no notes across the album's 15 tracks, delving the most serious songwriting of his career.
Race isn't often tackled in the songs of modern guitar-slinging bluesmen, but on the explosive title track, Clark faces ….
"F*ck you, I'm America's son/This is where I come from. " Gary Clark, Jr. spits out that line with all the venom he can muster on the opening track of 2019's This Land, and while he's specifically challenging a racist neighbor who doesn't believe he can afford the Texas ranch he calls home, it also sounds like he's shouting down anyone who has dared to question his creative ambitions or tried to pigeonhole him as just another bluesman.