Gary Clark Jr. has just shared this new video, featuring a scorching version of “The Healing,” recorded live at Austin’s Arlyn Studios.
“The Healing” is the lead-off track from Clark’s new album, The Story of Sonny Boy Slim, and in it he proclaims the compelling force behind his music: “This music is my healing.” This live-in-the-studio version gives him plenty of room to stretch out on the guitar, and he turns in some blazing hot solo work toward the end.
Clark recorded his 2012 breakthrough, Blak and Blu, mostly in Los Angeles. For Sonny Boy Slim, he returned to his native Austin and Arlyn Studios.
“[Arlyn] is a distinctive Austin studio with a great sound and great people,” Clark Jr. tells Rolling Stone. “It used to be the old Austin Opera House where Willie Nelson played during the Seventies.”
Clark came into Arlyn with very little written after months of touring. “I found that I can’t write on the road,” he told Rolling Stone this past summer. “I basically came in here with the bare minimum. First two weeks, I just banged around, sat on the drums, played bass.”
Recording in his hometown allowed Clark spiritual comforts as well. “Making the record in Austin was special because I was back home,” he says. “My sisters came and sang on tracks. I was able to really settle in and produce this album with focus by being in one place the whole time.”