Check out the new writeup on Gary on Myspace Music as part of their "Don't Sleep" series!
Gary recently sat down at SPIN's Sessions and performed "Bright Lights," "Please Come Home," and "When My Train Pulls In." Watch the performances here and check out the accompanying article!
Thanks to Blare Magazine for including Gary Clark Jr. in their 35 must-hear bands at CMJ 2011.
Dubbed “South By Southwest, but in New York”, the CMJ MUSIC MARATHON has provided a stage for emerging musicians since the birth of the disposable camera. Though often overlooked, the music & film festival has highlighted a fistful of notables such as Nirvana, Feist, Green Day, The Killers, Run-DMC and The Mars Volta, giving industry reps and avid listeners a new artist to fall in love with.
Making it in the music business takes more than raw talent. It requires an unbreakable spirit, sheer force of will, an inability to take "no" for an answer, a scrappy sense of self-promotion, and a propensity for impeccable timing. Oh yeah, and a bucketload of talent. Even when all these stars align, the odds of landing a record deal and playing for hordes of adoring fans are still pretty slim. But a few people find their way into the spotlight, and with an unwavering work ethic and musical genius, manage to stay there long enough to help shape the soundtrack of our daily lives.
October 17, 2011
SPIN's Ultimate CMJ Guide
More than 1,200 bands will be taking the stage in New York City next week at the annual CMJ Music Marathon. You could plot your schedule based on most hashtag-worthy band name or proximity to downtown NYC's only remaining Taco Bell, but you should probably just let SPIN steer you to the right spots. Here's our official road map to the week's best sets. — David Bevan, Peter Gaston, William Goodman, and Christopher R. Weingarten
Gary Clark Jr.
Hometown: Austin, Texas
Why We Like Him: In this month's issue of SPIN, contributing writer Amos Barshad cuts straight to the
Bright Lights makes Spin Magazine October Spin Mix! Spin states: The decade's first new muh-fukkin' bluesman roughs up the 12-bar, boasting about big-city bring-downs and slinging guitar mud onto the levee.
Also on the list, Hanni El Khatib, Mayer Hawthorne & A.A. Bondy.
See the entire list at Spin.com.
And check out the Bright Lights video on YouTube.
September 30, 2011
At the 10th annual ACL Festival, the Texas chapter of the Recording Academy interviewed Gary Clark Jr, discussing his musical beginnings, biggest career moments and musical influences.
Watch the video at Grammy.com
The Recording Academy Texas Chapter played host for GRAMMYs On The Road At Austin City Limits Music Festival during the festival's 10th anniversary from Sept. 16–18 at Zilker Park in Austin, Texas. The Chapter conducted exclusive backstage interviews with artists performing at the festival, including blues rock guitarist Gary Clark Jr. and singer/songwriter and fiddler Ruby Jane.
Check out the new video created for Bright Lights – taken for the Bright Lights EP now on YouTube.
Appearing on the list as the second best moment of ACL is Gary Clark Jr.
No. 2, Best Reason to Care About the Blues Again: Gary Clark Jr.
Gary Clark Jr. opened up his set with a little bit of virtuosic noodling, as if to inform the audience that, yeah, he's got chops. As soon as he'd established that, though, the Austin native rode a riff that didn't quit into "When My Train Pulls In," a stomping blues that owed at least as much to the Black Keys as it did to the memory of Stevie Ray Vaughn. As a guitarist, he's not afraid to solo, but it never feels like showing off.
Following an amazing run through the US and Canada, we are happy to announce Gary Clark Jr. will be performing in Brazil, England, and Holland in October. Please check the website and Facebook for additional shows.
9 Oct 2011 Rio de Janeiro – HSBC Arena
10 Oct 2011 Rio de Janeiro – HSBC Arena
12 Oct 2011 Sao Paolo, Brazil
18 Oct 2011 New York City - Highline Ballroom
26 Oct 2011 London – Bush Hall
28 Oct 2011 Amsterdam – Paradiso