Track of the Day: 'Can't Sleep'

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

A reader recommends the tenth track off the new album from Gary Clark Jr., The Story of Sonny Boy Slim. Jewly Hight recently highlighted the artist:

There was a clear path laid out for Gary Clark Jr. If he’d wanted, he could have allowed himself to be crowned the young, African-American savior of 21st-century blues guitar. After all, the guy came up in the clubs of Austin, apprenticed under Jimmie Vaughan (brother of Stevie Ray) and was welcomed as a hero among legends at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival. But almost as soon as Clark stepped into the national spotlight, he began signaling that, though he knew the rules and expectations of the overwhelmingly white blues-purist and classic-rock scenes, he wouldn’t be following them.

The music video for “Grinder,” another track off Clark’s new album, is here. Wanna recommend one? Email