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 27-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.
May 16, 2011
May 03, 2011
Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Gary Clark Jr. will hit the road for the first annual Bonnaroo Buzz Tour from May 17th through June 9th before taking the stage at the Bonnaroo Festival in Manchester, TN, on Saturday, June 11. The 13-date tour kicks off at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ, and stops at intimate venues on the way down to Bonnaroo, which has historically been the launching pad for many popular artists.
Chicago! See Gary Clark Jr at the Dave Matthews Band Caravan at Chicago’s Lakeside on July 8th-10th.April 16, 2011
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.
March 27, 2011
Gary Clark Jr. is no run-of-the-mill indie rocker. The 27-year-old guitar prodigy and Austin native is the next great hope for bringing raw blues to a mainstream audience, starting at SXSW. Clark is a rarity in the blues community -- a musician who respects the great standards while remaining open to other sounds, freely mixing in rock, jazz and pop, crossing genres like a true millennial.
What has earned Clark steadfast respect from blues hardliners, though, is his serious fretwork.
More than 2,000 acts performed here last week during the 25th annual South by Southwest Music Festival. And for five almost-comically chaotic days, from early morning to well after midnight, some 100 venues—including churches, supermarkets, hotel lobbies, hotel rooms, private homes, backyards, vest-pocket parks, parking lots, converted power plants, restaurants and innumerable nightclubs—hosted emerging acts of considerable talent as well as a legion of middling musicians who may never be heard from again.
March 16, 2011
Austin's own Gary Clark Jr. opened Rolling Stone's second showcase around noon on March 17th with a potent electric-blues set at La Zona Rosa. The charismatic 27-year-old guitarist, whose instrumental skills earned him a spot at Eric Clapton's Crossroads festival last year, tore through hot licks and eloquent solos with a three-piece backing band to help fill out his sound. He was a strong vocalist, too, breaking out a yearning Smokey Robinson-style falsetto for a love ballad called "Please Come Home."
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