Does Gary Clark Jr.’s Version Of “Come Together” Do The Song Justice?

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If you’re going to cover a Beatles song, you’ve got to nail it. Did a young rocker do that with his version?

Gary Clark Jr.
33-year-old blues rocker Gary Clark Jr. is making a big splash in the rock world (photo via Gary Clark Jr.)

Blues rocker Gary Clark Jr. was commissioned to cover The Beatles’ “Come Together” for the Justice League soundtrack. And it’s a bad-butt, big-drums, nasty-good version.

The Austin, Texas musician is skyrocketing to fame, thanks to his passionate soul-filled vocals and his sick guitar playing. Rolling Stone calls him “The Chosen One,” and many big names praise him for his skills.

Legendary guitarist Eric Clapton said Clark rejuvenated his love of playing guitar.

“I wrote him a letter,” Clapton said, “Saying, ‘Thank you– you make me want to play again.'”

Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones, whom Clark has played with numerous times, said he’s a great mix if blues and rock.

“He’s billed as a kind of blues singer, but sometimes he sounds like early Bruce Springsteen,” Jagger said. “And I’m not putting it down!”

But Clark doesn’t see himself that way.

Gary Clark Jr.
Gary Clark Jr. (photo via The Current)

“There is pressure,” he told Rolling Stone. “Coming from Austin, there are so many guitar players there. And here I am playing the Garden. It still doesn’t feel fair.”

Although he doesn’t see himself as the next guitar hero, he loves him some superheros.

“Batman is my favorite superhero of all time,” Clark said. “My mother had this black robe that I thought would be amazing for a cape. I ran around my neighborhood telling everybody I was Batman. Jump off my roof holding the cape thinking that I would fly and then just hit the ground.”

And he showed us his super powers in his rendition of “Come Together.” Take a listen below…

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Caleb Murphy is a musician who writes about music. His writing appears in Consequence Of Sound, Pittsburgh City Paper, and some other cool places. He blogs about music at calebjmurphy.com.
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