Gary Clark Jr inspired by baby Zion

Gary Clark Jr released his latest album, The Story of Sonny Boy Slim, last September.
Gary Clark Jr released his latest album, The Story of Sonny Boy Slim, last September. Marc Stapelberg

GARY CLARK JR passes on his 18-month-old son Zion to his manager before our interview. It's obvious he does not want to part with the beautiful infant, his first son with Australian supermodel Nicole Trunfio.

The impact Zion has had on Gary Clark Jr's music started before he was born, when the American guitarist and actor was writing and producing The Story of Sonny Boy Slim, his latest album. The release was launched last September and hit number 18 in the Aria Top 50 Albums Chart.

He won a Blues Music Award in the Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year category in 2014 and 2015.

What's the story behind the album?

It's very much inspired by my boy and being in the studio when he was about to be born.

It's about the imagery of a kid, when you are at school and you have a backpack on the bus and you don't know what's going to happen that day at school. Fast forward and now I am in my 30s and with my own family now. That's basically what the album is about.

How was it like in the studio at the time?

I was in the studio and I couldn't think about anything else but my boy who was about to be born.

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