• Deep Soul Lowdown

  • Words + Music | Vol. 16
  • By: Gary Clark Jr.
  • Narrated by: Gary Clark Jr.
  • Length: 1 hr and 41 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (1,201 ratings)

Publisher's Summary

Before Gary Clark Jr.’s first major-label album even debuted, the music world had already labeled him the rightful torchbearer of the blues. In his new Audible Original, Deep Soul Lowdown, the soft-spoken Texas guitar hero unpacks the gravity (and limitations) of such towering expectations as he recounts his astonishing life journey from teenage phenomenon to inheritor of the very mantle of his mentors. 

Combining intimate storytelling with seven of his most powerful tracks, including “When My Train Pulls In”, “Bright Lights”, and “This Land”, Clark reveals how an artist, firmly rooted in American musical tradition, has also succeeded in carving out his own unique path forward. Listen to the progression of a modern-day legend whose electrifying talent is matched only by his distinct authenticity. 

©2021 Gary Clark Jr (P)2021 2021 Audible Originals LLC

About the Creator and Performer

Gary Clark Jr.’s 2010 Warner Bros. debut release Bright Lights EP became the first EP ever to get the lead review in Rolling Stone, which wrote, "A genuine 21st-century bluesman, raised on the form in all its roughneck roadhouse glory but marked by the present day? That’s been as hard to find as a 21st century clockmaker." But Rolling Stone may have really been on to something when the magazine got past his prodigious licks and added, "Suddenly you can envision him dueting with Adele, swapping tunes with Jack Johnson or singing hooks for Nas."
His latest album, This Land, which earned him 3 Grammy Awards, is sure to be seen as a breakthrough in establishing just how much stylistic variation Clark has at his command. You can think of him as one of the last of the real rock gods, along with fellow master singer/guitarists like Jack White, John Mayer, or the late, great Prince, and the new album certainly won’t do anything to diminish that perception. But This Land is also a great soul record—one in which it’s easy to hear the lineage that connects Muddy Waters and Childish Gambino, Marvin Gaye and D’Angelo.
It’s clear that Gary Clark Jr. is a rock-and-soul omnivore who can survey the entire landscape of American music—not just the blues with which he’s so often associated, but reggae, punk, R&B and hip-hop, too— and say: This land was made for you and me.

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  • 05-22-21

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Worth every second. After scrolling through many of the new Audible Originals, barely getting through the first chapters, I listened to Gary Clark’s Deep Soul Lowdown without interruption. Immediately texted my kids to suggest they listen as well. Will be doing some research on this talented young man, looking forward to adding his up-to-this-moment unfamiliar music to my playlist. Thank you for providing us with this timely and important work.

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Honest story telling, remarkable musicianship

I'd never heard of Gary Clark Jr. but something about this seemed interesting. I'm glad I gave it a chance. He had me hooked in so many ways: the honest coming-up story, the revealing present day, the traditional blues at the beginning, and watching the genres shift as his career matured. That was a heck of a ride for such a small performance.

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All you

This artist is SO genuine, I knew that the first time I heard Bright Lights. I love the story behind the songs as told here. I sincerely appreciate that you are true to your music. It resonates.

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Excellent storytelling!

Love the backstory of the songs. Well done. Great tone, voice and music. I will listen again. Very inspiring!

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A cool bonus for Gary Clark fans.

We always want the inside story on our favorite artists. This definitely fulfills that.

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Fabulous

Fabulous - loved the story, GCJ voice narration and the music breaks - loved it all. Especially as a resident of Austin, TX his story of coming up in the ATX blues scene is so interesting. Highly recommend

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One of the best stories I’ve ever heard!

All I can say is wow. Gary’s story really moved me. In depth but definitely not boring. He is a very articulate story teller. A must listen for all musicians and music lovers.

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once Austin always Austin

good story teller. down to earth vibe. shared with us things that were real.

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Loved It!

Had never heard of him but I loved this so much.
Story of change. Honest. So good! Loved the music, too!!

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Just Awesome

I instantly was a fan of Gary Clark Jr. when his first album dropped. Then listening to this installment of Words + Music I can see that GCJ is a down to earth guy. So keep it up Gary, I know your music will get greater & greater. Highly Recommended

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