Gary Clark Jr. began his career when he was 12 years old. Clark was born and raised in Austin, Texas and began playing small gigs when he was a teen. That was until he met his promoter Clifford Antone, the owner and proprietor of Austin’s music club, Antone’s.
This club was the launch pad for names such as Jimmie and Stevie Ray Vaughn, who were among those musicians that redefined the blues. It was not much longer after meeting Clifford Antone that Clark began to play with the likes of Jimmy Vaughn and a musical array of musical legends.
In 2011 Rolling Stone declared Clark “best young gun,” in their April “Best of Rock” issue.
Aside from that, Clark sang on the bonus track cover of “I Want You Back” by the Jackson 5 and on Sheryl Crowe’s 100 Miles from Memphis.
Then in August 28, 2012, Alicia Keys announced on twitter that Clark’s new album and major label debut called Blak and Blu would be released on October 22, 2012.
Now Gary Clark Jr. is coming back with a new follow up album to his smash Blak and Blue entitled The Story of Sonny Boy Slim, the sophomore release is due out September 11th from Warner Bros. Records.
For this album Clark wrote, produced and arranged himself, even to the point of playing the majority of the instruments. He also included his own sisters, Shawn and Savannah Clark, as back up vocalists. His main message on this album is the underlying tone of faith and hope.
In his video Gary Clark features samples of a few songs, and you can hear influences of everything from Americana to classical rock to straight blues music.
He adds, “ I love hip hop, I love drums, I love the intensity of those songs.”
Being a man of few words, in an interview for Esquire magazine Clark added, “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 is quietly grateful that the music he makes his own way has connected with so many.
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https://youtu.be/kB-cSi1YV20 The Story of Sonny Boy Slim Album Trailer