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Nick Bollinger reviews the 21st century blues of Texan guitar-slinger Gary Clark Jr., a secret history of country music songwriting according to Lyttelton troubadours Delaney Davidson and Marlon Williams, and a solo set from Wellington singer-songwriter Robin Hinkley, a.k.a. Sharkness.


Blak and BluArtist: Gary Clark Jr.
Songs: Next Door Neighbour Blues, When My Train Pulls In, The Life, You Saved Me
Composer: Clark Jr.
Song: Glitter Ain't Gold
Composer: Cark Jr., Bramhall II, Stanley, Tamposi, Elizondo
Song: Third Stone From The Sun
Composer: Hendrix
Album: Blak and Blu
Label: Warner Bros.

Coat of ArmsArtist: Sharkness
Songs: Peter Pandemic, How You Shone, Cobra Jacket, Danger, This Is War, Little Fish Big Teeth, A Star Is Born
Composer: Hinc]kley
Album: Coat Of Arms
Label: Independent

Sad But TrueArtist: Delaney Davidson and Marlon Williams
Songs: Travelling Creature
Composer: Williams
Songs: Still Her Heart, Demon's Claws
Composer: Davidson
Songs: Bloodletter, How Lucky
Composer: Davidson/Williams
Song: Death Don't Have No Mercy
Composer: Davis
Song: Please Don't Let Me Love You
Composer: Jones
Album: Sad But True: The Secret History Of Country Music Songwriting Vol. 1
Label: Lyttelton Records