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Gary Clark Jr – Blues Highlights

Gary Clark Jr – Blues Highlights

Gary Clark Jr has made quite a name for himself when it comes to the Blues. Ever since 2010, when Gary Clark Jr. wows audiences with electrifying live sets everywhere he goes. Whether it’s the Crossroads Festival to Hollywood’s historic Hotel Café. His modus operandi has remains crystal clear: “I listen to everything…so I want to play everything.” The revelation that is the Austin-born virtuoso guitarist, vocalist and songwriter finds him just as much an amalgamation of his myriad influences and inspirations. Still, continuing to follow this path today. 

By the age of four, he realizes his calling after seeing Michael Jackson perform on stage. Furthermore, as a teen, Clark begins making a name for himself by jamming with adult musicians around the nearby clubs in Austin. By day, he was singing in the church choir with his sisters and going to the greatest university at night – The eclectic music circuit at night where he met Clifford Antone, the ambassador of the Austin music scene. 

Antone’s Nightclub

Antone’s nightclub grants Clark the honor of sharing the stage with local blues heroes like Jimmie Vaughn, Hubert Sumlin Jr, and Pinetop Perkins. This on-the-job training, combined with studying licks by literal Kings like BB, Albert, and Freddie, observing the mastery of Curtis Mayfield, Miles Davis, Hendrix, Marvin Gaye, Parliament-Funkadelic, and digesting the fresh edge of Tupac and Biggie, lifts the guitar prodigy up into a multi-instrumentalist, adept scribe, and undisputed music festival champ.

When My Train Pulls In

As one of the bona-fide stars of the contemporary blues-rock scene. Gary Clark Jr. keeps himself ultra busy while releasing some great blues music. “When My Train Pulls In” is an emotionally effective, tune with a lot of textures as well as grungy guitars. Along with an infectious bass beat keeping things going.

His guitar playing is rough around the edges, veering into the territory of hard rock. Which makes a nice contrast with his honey-sweet vocal abilities. But it’s modern style of blues is what’s going to keep him a mainstay on the blues-rock circuit.

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