Talk about a versatile instrument. First widely heard in the mid-Sixties on recordings by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, the Epiphone Casino has been a go-to guitar for a diverse array of artists including Paul Weller, the Edge, Dave Grohl and Dwight Yoakam. But perhaps no other guitarist in recent years has popularized the howlingly responsive sound of the Casino as much as blues-rock kingpin Gary Clark Jr.
Gary Clark Jr. and GuitarWorld.com have gotten together to premiere "Grinder," Clark's new music video. You can check out the clip—which was directed by Gaston Jouany—below. The song is from Clark's new album, The Story of Sonny Boy Slim, which will be released September 11th via Warner Bros. Records.
In the clip, which can check out below, Clark discusses his new album, The Story of Sonny Boy Slim, which will be released September 11 release via Warner Bros. Clark also discusses some of the major life changes he's experienced since the release of his last album, 2012's critally acclaimed Blak and Blu.
Austin City Limits will livestream Gary Clark Jr.'s taping on Monday, August 24, 8pm CT/9pm ET. The taping will webcast in its entirety directly from ACL’s stage via the program’s YouTube Channel and the broadcast episode will air during ACL’s upcoming Season 41, which premieres in October on PBS stations.
Following John Mayer's induction speech, during which he called the late SRV “the ultimate guitar hero,” Mayer joined Gary Clark Jr., Jimmie Vaughan, lefty Doyle Bramhall II and Double Trouble—drummer Chris Layton, bassist Tommy Shannon and keyboard player Reese Wynans—for a performance of "Texas Flood," the title track from SRV's debut 1983 album.
Numerous guitarists have played Epiphone Casinos, including Dave Davies, the Edge, Noel Gallagher, Keith Richards and Paul Weller, but the Beatles remain the artists that most guitar players think of first whenever the Casino is mentioned.
However, the meteoric rise of modern blues phenomenon Gary Clark Jr., whose main guitar is also a Casino, suggests that there may be a new contender for “king of the Casino.”
Clark’s use of Casinos on stage and on his incendiary Blak and Blu album has resulted in a surge in demand for the model. So it made perfect sense for Epiphone to introduce the new limited edition Gary Clark Jr. “Blak and Blu” E230TDV Casino.
To kick off 2015, Epiphone has announced its new exclusive signature model designed by Gary Clark Jr.—the Ltd. Ed. Gary Clark Jr. “Blak and Blu” Casino with trapeze tailpiece or Bigsby Vibrato. The guitar will be available in spring 2015.