This Land is the third studio album by American blues rock musician Gary Clark Jr. and was released on February 22, 2019 by Warner Bros. Records, it gained the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album in 2020. The album was announced with a video for lead single "This Land", directed by Austin, Texas-based filmmaker Savanah Leaf; the song and video highlight racism in American society, with Leaf recreating aspects of Clark's childhood as described by the musician to the director, Clark's response to the policies of President Donald Trump since he was elected in 2016. The track was inspired by "This Land Is Your Land" by Woody Guthrie, with Clark commenting in an interview with American Songwriter: "It’s one of the first songs we learn, we sing it together... It's like the Pledge of Allegiance... And when you're kids, everybody's together. You don't see differences until you get older, older people influence you to think about other people a certain way. I just want to get back to singing that song like we were kids again, you know?"
Writer Dan Solomon, in Texas Monthly, described "This Land" as "perhaps the first great song of Clark's career, a defiant, statement-piece anthem that fits alongside pieces like Childish Gambino's "This is America" and Beyoncé's "Formation" in its vocal addressing of racism in America."Clark started the album's promotional tour in March 2019. This Land debuted at number six on the US Billboard 200 with 54,000 album-equivalent units, of which 51,000 were pure album sales, it is his third US top 10 album. All tracks written by Gary Clark Jr.. Gary Clark Jr. – vocals, bass, percussion Additional musicians Doyle Bramhall II – lute Mike Elizondo – bass, synth bass Alex Peterson – bass Brannen Temple – drums J. J. Johnson – drums Jon Deas – keyboards, Hammond organ Sheila E. – percussion Keyon Harrold – horn Gabe Burch – backing vocals Scooter Weinbtraub – backing vocals Jacob Sciba – backing vocals Gaston Jouany – backing vocals Joseph Holguin – backing vocals Branko Presley – backing vocals Katelyn O'Neal – backing vocals Lazaro Zarate – backing vocals Mikayla Mundy – backing vocals Pam Adams – backing vocals Technical Gabe Burch – engineering Gary Clark Jr. – engineering, programming Jacob Sciba – production, engineering Joseph Angel – production Lab Ox - production Scooter Weintraub – production Mike Elizondo – production Howie Weinberg – mastering Joseph Holguin – engineering Adam Hawkins – engineering
Charles D. Lane was a US millionaire mine owner, recognized as a founder of Nome, Alaska. Lane was born in Palmyra, Missouri November 15, 1840, his parents were Virginians of Scottish descent. He moved to California with his father in 1852 and immediately took up mining. After an unsuccessful attempt to develop a lode mine in Nevada, he achieved his first success on the Snake River in Idaho, followed some years by a major strike at the Utica Mine at Angels, California. Lane developed the Fortuna Mine in Arizona. Lane was a central figure in the industrial phase of mining on the Seward Peninsula, constructing a number of developments in support of the industry in the Nome and Council areas. An employee of Lane's, G. W. Price, was present in the Golovin Bay area late in 1898, when the three “lucky Swedes”, Jafet Lindeberg, Erik O. Bloom, J. J. Brynteson, returned from their discovery of the rich placer deposits on tributaries of the Snake River, near what is now Nome; the three original discoverers formed a second party, including Price and a few others, returned to the Snake River, organizing the Cape Nome mining district, staking additional claims.
Lane acquired claims in the Nome area, in 1899 was listed as co-owner, with Price, of claim. No. 8 Above Discovery on Anvil Creek, worked that season. At about this time, Lane joined with capitalists from California and the East Coast to form the Wild Goose Mining & Trading Company. Beginning in 1900, the Wild Goose Company began a series of major developments in support of the early mining industry on the Seward Peninsula; these included construction of the first few miles of railroad connecting Anvil Creek to Nome and a large pumping plant that provided water for mining operations on that Creek. The company acquired large holdings on Ophir Creek in the Council area, was involved in developments in that district, including building roads and another railroad; as the local representative of the Wild Goose Company, Lane was a primary defendant in the legal proceedings that attempted to invalidate the original claims on Anvil Creek. Despite the machinations of a powerful politician and a corrupt local judge and the other defendants prevailed.
Lane's tenure on the Seward Peninsula was brief. In 1905 he sold the bulk of his interests in the Wild Goose Company, by 1911 he was dead in Palo Alto, his influence extended well beyond his lifetime, through the activities of the Wild Goose Company, which continued as a major actor in Seward Peninsula mining until the 1920s. He died in 1911, he headed Trading Co.. BibliographyBrooks, Alfred H.. Development of the Mining Industry. In The Gold Placers of Parts of Seward Peninsula, Alaska by A. J. Collier, F. L. Hess, P. S. Smith and A. H. Brooks, pp. 10–39. United States Geological Survey Bulletin 328. U. S. Government Printing Office, Washington. Harrison, E. S.. Nome and Seward Peninsula: History, Description and Stories. Souvenir Edition. Metropolitan Press, Seattle. McElwaine, Eugene; the truth about Alaska, the golden land of the midnight sun. The author. Rickard, Thomas Arthur. Through the Yukon and Alaska. Mining and Scientific Press. P. 305. Smith, Howard L.. Nome River Water Control Structures. BLM-Alaska Open File Repport 62.