Texas guitar slinger Gary Clark Jr. stopped by the Ed Sullivan Theatre in New York City on Thursday where he played two new songs from his upcoming album, This Land, on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”
For the televised performance, Clark delivered a passionate rendition of the album’s title track. The tune opens with ominous synth, a harbinger of the song’s ominous subject matter, that of modern racism. Gary’s guitar tone is appropriately angry and so are the lyrics, “I see you lookin' out your window/can’t wait to call the police on me.” Check out the performance in the video above.
Clark also performed This Land track “Feed the Babies,” a Curtis Mayfield inflected number that offers up a solution to the racism he speaks about in “This Land.” The refrain “feed the babies” is meant both literally and figuratively with Clark singing “teach the babies to love.” For “Feed the Babies,” Gary tapped "Late Show" bandleader Jon Batiste on piano and the Stay Human horn section. You can check out the bonus performance in the video below.
Gary Clark Jr.’s This Land arrives on March 1. The guitarist is set to embark on a tour around the album this spring including a stop at The National in Richmond, Virginia. You can find tickets on AXS by following this link.