Dubbed “The Chosen One” by Rolling Stone, Grammy Award-winning Gary Clark Jr. has skyrocketed to R&B and rock fame with his bluesy guitar sounds and smooth vocal style. The Austin native takes the Austin City Limits stage for his second headline performance in promotion of his newest album, The Story of Sonny Boy Slim.
After meeting local famed promoter Clifford Antone of Antone’s, Clark began to play with an array of musical icons in Austin, including Jimmie Vaughan. Many in the Austin music community soon helped Clark facilitate his ascent into Texas rock ‘n’ roll stardom. With his 2012 debut album Blak and Blu, Clark became the first artist ever recognized by the Recording Academy with Grammy Award nominations in both the rock and R&B categories for the same album in the same year. Clark also holds blues, soul, pop, psychedelia, punk and hip-hop in his expansive musical embrace, citing them as inspiration for his unique sound.
His newest album, The Story of Sonny Boy Slim, was released in September 2015. Recorded locally at Arlyn Studios, where Stevie Ray Vaughan cut records, Clark said he “had to bring it back home.” “I get to make noise and see what happens. I think it’s dope,” he told Rolling Stone.
A man of few words, he’s quietly grateful that the music he creates has connected with so many. “To think a weird idea I noodled on at the house has gone to something 40,000 people might hear at a festival is an indescribable feeling,” he told Esquire. “As cool as I might try to be, I think, ‘Oh my God, this is real!’”
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- Gary Clark Jr.’s stellar performance leaves crowd satiated
- ACL announces Season 41 broadcast schedule
- Gary Clark Jr. taping livestreams on 8/24
- Giveaway: Gary Clark Jr
- New taping: Gary Clark Jr.
- Encore: Gary Clark Jr. and Alabama Shakes
- ACL Season 40 crashes to a close with Foo Fighters
- Austin City Limits Season 40 pt. 2 starts January 3
- Foo Fighters conquer the ACL stage