Saturday 15 June 2019
It’s never a bad thing when prominent people speak out in favor of your talent. In Gary Clark Jr.’s case, the accolades came from none other than Barack Obama, The Rolling Stones, and Eric Clapton, to name but a few. Over the last few years, he has collaborated with the latter two artists and many more, such as Alicia Keys, Foo Fighters, B.B. King, and Buddy Guy, among others. Clark is known as a virtuoso guitar player, who picked up his instrument at the age of twelve. Hailing from Austin, Texas, he started playing at local music club Antone’s and his career took off from there. His first major label release was his 2012 album Blak And Blu (which caused him to become the first artist to be nominated at the Grammy’s in both the rock and R&B categories), followed in 2015 by The Story Of Sonny Boy Slim. Clark’s music has been featured in many movies, perhaps most notably on the soundtrack of 12 Years A Slave, for which he performed two acoustic blues tracks. A new studio album, his fifth, is due in early 2019.