Gary Clark Jr.
|Birth Name||Gary Clark Jr. Gary Lee Clark Jr.|
|Born||February 15, 1984 Austin, Texas, U.S.|
|Genres||Rock, blues rock, soul, R&B|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, drums, trumpet, keyboards, harmonica|
|Associated acts||Not Found|
Gary 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. His latest album, This Land, was released on February 22, 2019. In 2014, Clark was awarded a Grammy for Best Traditional R&B Performance for the song “Please Come Home.” 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.
Gary Clark Jr. began playing guitar at the age of twelve. Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Clark played small gigs throughout his teens, until he met promoter Clifford Antone, proprietor of the Austin music club Antone’s. Antone’s was the launch pad from which Jimmie and Stevie Ray Vaughan redefined blues at the time. Soon after meeting Clifford, Clark began to play with other musical icons, including Jimmie Vaughan. Vaughan and others in the Austin music community helped Clark along his musical path.