Gary Clark Jr.: “Bright Lights”
By the time you’re reading this, Gary Clark Jr. has already blown some minds at ACL Fest. Before Clark was performing in front of thousands of festival-goers and gobbling up much-deserved acclaim from all over the country, he was (and still is) one of our own.
Rolling Stone dubbed Clark “The Best Young Gun” in its April 2011 issue, and the 28-year-old guitar slinger has shared the stage with his share of greats (B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Clapton, and, oh yeah–the president). Clark started playing at the tender age of 12. Clark eventually came to the attention of the great Clifford Antone, who invited the young guitarist to play at his venerable club. Clark’s star was on the rise, but he wouldn’t stay the local phenom for long. After performing at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival in 2010, Warner Bros. came knocking and signed Clark. He issued The Bright Lights EP last year, and next week (Oct. 22) Clark releases his full-length, major-label debut Blak and Blu.
Recently, Clark stopped by our very own Studio 1A for a session. He performed three solo, acoustic numbers including today’s song of the day “Bright Lights.” It’s nice to know that even though he’s a big star now, he’s still an Austinite at heart.