Blak and Blu Tour
Gary Clark Jr.
815 V St. NW
Washington, DC, 20001
Gary Clark Jr.
Rarely does an artist explode onto the music scene with the force and impact of a comet. But when it does happen — as it did when 26-year-old singer-guitarist Gary Clark Jr. delivered an incendiary debut performance of his song "Bright Lights" at Eric Clapton's 2010 Crossroads Guitar Festival last June — the result
is magical. Funky, hip, and badass, Gary Clark Jr. is a rocking soul man for a new generation.
Weaned on John Lee Hooker, Lightnin Hopkins, and T-Bone Walker, Clark fuses his deep blues influence with a love of classic hip-hop and contemporary soul. His voice weaves between a melodic lilt and a seasoned blues howl with his guitar licks dancing and dodging between and behind the beat as if the essence of Snoop and Dre loom in his head by way of the Mississippi Delta. The virtuosity Clark displays, and the tone he rings from his cherry-red Epiphone Casino guitar, put most modern rock shredders to shame. Born and raised in Austin, TX, Clark began playing guitar at age 12. He performed small gigs throughout his early teens before popping up on the radar of legendary promoter Clifford Antone, owner of Austin blues club Antone's. Through Clifford's connections, Clark was soon sitting in with and learning from an array of musical icons, including Jimmie Vaughan. Vaughan, and others in the Austin music community, mentored Clark along his path, facilitating his steady rise on the Texas music scene. His peers have showered him with acclaim for his galvanizing live performances. In 2001, Austin's mayor, Kirk Watson, declared May 3rd to be "Gary Clark Jr. Day." Clark was 17 years old. Clark went on to win the Austin Music Award for Best Blues and Electric Guitarist on three separate occasions, in addition to receiving awards from various blues magazines and associations around the country. After playing the nationally televised show Austin City Limits and touring with such artists as Jimmie Vaughan, Pinetop Perkins, and Doyle Bramhall II, Clark released two selfproduced albums, and composed the original score for the film Full Count. Clark's creative versatility and love for not just blues, but also soul, hip-hop, classic rock, and jam bands, has allowed him to ranscend his own musical talents. He starred alongside Danny Glover and Stacy Keach in John Sayles' 2007 film Honeydripper.
In 2010, Clark was the only young newcomer to be selected by Eric Clapton to perform at the Crossroads Guitar Festival, where he performed with Doyle Bramhall II and Sheryl Crow. A DVD of the show, released last November, led to Clark's signing with Warner Bros. Records for whom he is currently working on
his major-label debut album. Clark's singular talent has also attracted a bevy of artist support, including accolades from Sheryl Crow, Citizen Cope, Damian Marley, Ron Wood, and Questlove. As the latter recently Tweeted after witnessing a December performance at New York's Brooklyn Bowl: "I don't think
y'all understand the greatness that is in front of you. Gary Clark Jr. is kickin' ass and takin' names."
Kat Edmonson’s sophomore album Way Down Low is out now. Self-released on Kat's label Spinnerette Records, the album debuted #1 onBillboard’s Heatseekers Chart and has sold over 10k albums in its first two months. Following sold-out shows at New York's Joe's Pub, Boston's Scullers Jazz Club, Edmonson has played a host of taped performances this summer including on Austin City Limits, NPR’s “World Café” and PBS’s “WoodSongs” She’s added new dates in throughout Texas including another taping at Austin City Limits with Willie Nelson, date at Colorado’seTown and The Philadelphia Art Museum. See full list of dates below.
On Way Down Low, the native Texan makes not only her songwriting debut but also co-produces the album with Danton Boller. She performs with Lyle Lovett on the title track “Long Way Home” which Entertainment Weekly calls “an airy country duet.” The album was recorded at the historic Avatar Studio and Capitol Studios with Grammy-winning producer/engineer Al Schmitt (Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Sam Cooke) and includes input from producer Phil Ramone (Paul Simon, Billy Joel).
The Texas native grew up in Houston with a mother who introduced her to the Great American Songbook. Determined to be a singer, she auditioned for American Idol during its second season, but soon returned from Hollywood to Austin. Back in Texas, Kat became a regular at the Elephant Room, a premier Austin club, building a following and making musical connections that energized her career. Her self- released 2009 debut album Take To the Sky hit the top 20 on Billboard’s jazz charts, adding enough juice that she found herself playing gigs with Willie Nelson and Lyle Lovett. A musical kinship with Lyle led to a high-profile duet on the Christmas classic “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” which the pair performed together on tour as well as on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. On her tour with Lovett, Kat opened nightly, performing songs on which she’d begun writing and working. This set the stage for Way Down Low, her second record and first to include her original material.
With every pair of Gary Clark Jr tickets purchased online, you’ll receive a standard digital version of Gary’s new album ‘Blak & Blu’, on or shortly after its release date of October 22, 2012. Ticket purchasers will receive confirmation of their digital album within 3-5 business days of their order.
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