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  • 04.16.11

    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.!/GaryClarkJrMusic/posts/209026132460207

  • 03.27.11

    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. Although he's self-taught, he was playing the Austin club circuit by his early teens, quickly scoring a recurring slot at the legendary nightspot Antone's. His age served as a selling point rather than a drawback, and by his mid-teens, he was sharing the stage with such greats as Jimmie Vaughan.

    Eventually, Clark was tapped by none other than Eric Clapton to play the 2010 Crossroads Guitar Festival, a career-making gig that helped him score a major-label deal with Warner. With pre-production for his debut album underway, Clark chatted with Spinner about his eclectic tastes and ongoing growth as a musician.

    Read the rest of the interview at Spinner.com

  • 03.22.11

    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. Big names like Kanye West, Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, the Strokes and Jack White dropped in as if desperate to steal attention from the newcomers.

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  • 03.16.11

    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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