Gary Clark Jr. from Austin Texas may be the first authentic blues man for the 21st Century.
Steeped in the blues, plus music from all the other modern genre's Gary is blazing a trail through the blues. The blues guitar is back on fire again.
The blues has an awkward PR problem: it is one of the pillars of African-American culture, but for the last few decades, the people playing it and listening to it have been largely white. Gary Clark, Jr., would like to change that. Clark is 27 and a native of Austin, Texas – he cut his teeth at the legendary club Antone’s, where Stevie Ray Vaughn and his brother Jimmy Vaughn defined modern blues. Clark’s music is classic, not some fancy hybrid. There’s no trick to getting young people back to the blues, he thinks – it’s just a matter of awareness.
Oh yeah!, you probably saw him in the movie Honeydripper.
Check out these two tracks from last years Crossroads concert, of course Eric knows about him.
Don't Owe You A Thing
And here's a different take on the same song.
When The Sun Goes Down
Live at Stubb's Barbeque in Austin, TX (3-15-11)
Gary Clark Jr.- vocals/electric guitar
Things Are Changing
© 2011 WMG Gary Clark Jr - Things Are Changing - Live at Bardot Hollywood
Gary Clark Jr performing with J.J. Johnson on drums and Don Boyette on Bass
Bright Lights EP available in stores and on tour August 9, 2011.
And keep a lookout for his new Bright Lights EP that will be released on Tuesday.