Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Gary Clark Jr.

Gary Clark Jr was born and raised in Austin. He's been performing in clubs around Austin since he was a teenager, and vwas embraced early on by the legendary promoter Clifford Antone, owner of the blues club Antone's. Through Clifford's connections, Clark sat in with and learned from a wide variety of modern-day guitar greats. He's been voted the Best Blues Musician and Best Electric Guitarist in Austin, and called the most talented Texas guitarist since Stevie Ray Vaughn.

Gary Clark Jr's popularity has skyrocketed over the past couple of years, strengthened by performances at the Austin City Limits Music Festival, Bonnaroo, and Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival. He also released the highly acclaimed Bright Lights EP earlier this year on Warner Bros. Records.
Rarely does an artist explode onto the music scene with the force and impact of a comet. But when it does happen — as it did when 26-year-old singer-guitarist Gary Clark Jr. delivered an incendiary debut performance of his song “Bright Lights” at Eric Clapton's 2010 Crossroads Guitar Festival last June — the result is magical. Funky, hip, and badass, Gary Clark Jr. is a rocking soul man for a new generation.

Weaned on John Lee Hooker, Lightnin Hopkins, and T-Bone Walker, Clark fuses his deep blues influence with a love of classic hip-hop and contemporary soul. His voice weaves between a melodic lilt and a seasoned blues howl with his guitar licks dancing and dodging between and behind the beat as if the essence of Snoop and Dre loom in his head by way of the Mississippi Delta. The virtuosity Clark displays, and the tone he rings from his cherry-red Epiphone Casino guitar, put most modern rock shredders to shame.
Gary Clark Jr.- "Don't Owe You A Thang"

His next performance in Austin will be at Antone's on New Year's Eve. Tickets are on sale here. Below is footage from his recent appearance on the late show with David Letterman: