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Gary Lee Clark Jr. (born February 15, 1984) is an American musician from Austin, Texas. He is best known for his fusion of blues, rock and soul music with elements of hip hop. In 2011 Clark signed with Warner Bros Records and released The Bright Lights EP. It was followed by the albums Blak and Blu (2012) and The Story of Sonny Boy Slim (2015). Throughout his career Clark has been a prolific live performer, which has been documented in two releases: Gary Clark Jr. Live (2014) and Gary Clark Jr Live/North America (2017). He has shared the stage with Eric Clapton, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, B.B. King and the Rolling Stones. In 2014, Clark was awarded a Grammy for Best Traditional R&B performance for the song "Please Come Home". His latest album, This Land, was released on February 22, 2019. In 2020, he won the Grammy Award for "Best Rock Song" and "Best Rock Performance" for the song "This Land" from his album of the same name.
There's nothing like a music festival. People are ready to have a good time. I don't think anyone comes to a festival going, 'I'm gonna be a complete bummer today.
Music is soaking up things that I see in other people or things that go on in my life, and I put it out there in the form of a song.
There's so much music in Austin, and it's all so different.
The blues is the foundation for a lot of things. Things have branched off. It's cool how music grows, but the foundation is always there. It's not going anywhere. The blues is always going to be relevant.
I am the type of artist where you can't tell me anything. I have always been that way. I am right. I don't need any input.
I failed public speaking in grade school, 'cause I was so nervous and scared.
I don't think anything can touch the expressive range of the guitar.
When I was growing up, I would go hang out with older guys at night in blues clubs.
There's nothing like a music festival. People are ready to have a good time. I don't think anyone comes to a festival going, 'I'm gonna be a complete bummer today.'
I'm obsessed with fuzz pedals.
Most of my songs start out as being very aggressive and guitar-driven.
You know, I've never done karaoke, ever. It makes me nervous -- I think it's the lack of the guitar and just a microphone.
The guys in my band buy instruments and sell and trade them. But if I have something I hang onto it. Everything is sentimental to me.
I'm somewhat of a hoarder. I keep everything.
You could say I'm a laid-back kind of guy.
I've been called 'musically schizophrenic,' and some people think that's a cool thing.
When I got my first guitar, I played along with everything I heard that had guitar in it, like the Ramones, Nirvana and Sublime, as well as whatever hip-hop and RandB stuff was on the radio.
For a black male, the sound of the blues is pre-Civil Rights. It's oppression.
My mom always told me I should have a Plan B. I said that if I'm not going to play guitar I'm going to play drums. And if I'm not going to play drums, I'm going to play bass. I always just wanted to play music. I was completely obsessed.
I know that I'm capable of moving around on the guitar. I can express myself the way I want to and feel good about it. But as far as technical chops, I'm not a learned musician.
I never expected to be approached for an ad campaign.