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Gary Clark, Jr.
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Musician
    (February 15, 1984- )
    Born in Austin, Texas
    Blues-rock guitarist and singer
    Recorded the albums ‘Gary Clark, Jr.’ (2010), ‘Blak and Blu’ (2012), ‘The Story of Sonny Boy Slim’ (2015), and ‘This Land’ (2019)
    Songs include ‘Ain’t No Messin’ Round,’ ‘The Healing,’ ‘What About Us,’ and ‘This Land’
    Appeared in the films ‘Honeydripper’ (2007) and ‘Miles Ahead’ (2015)
    His first guitar hero was Tito Jackson.
    He has described his musical approach as ‘schizophrenic.’
    He noted about his musical experimentation, ‘I went through this box of stuff once and found some bagpipes. It was like, ‘why do I have bagpipes!?’’
    His song ‘Bright Lights’ was used in commercials for Jack Daniels and Verizon.
    The mayor of Austin proclaimed Gary Clark, Jr., day when he was only 17 years old (May 3, 2001).
    On his early independently-released albums, he played all the instruments himself.
    He performed at the Red, White, and Blues celebration at the White House (2012).
    After his performance at the Crossroads Guitar Festival (2010), Eric Clapton wrote him a letter saying, ‘Thank you – you make me want to play again.’
    He said about his reputation as ‘the future of the blues,’ ‘I don’t really follow along with the hype, y’know? I put enough pressure on myself to be the best that I can be.’
    His song ‘This Land’ was inspired by a neighbor’s refusal to believe he was really the owner of the 50-acre ranch he bought outside of Austin.

Credit: C. Fishel


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