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."
"The cream always rises to the top, and there are young performers out there who will find their audience [such as] Warren Hood, a terrific songwriter and singer." - Lyle Lovett
Warren Hood began playing the fiddle at the age of eleven. He attended Berklee School of Music where he was awarded the school's top honor -The String Achievement Award. He has since gone on to win numerous awards for string virtuosity and has been recognized three times as String Player of the Year in the Austin Chronicle Music Poll. The son of Austin, TX music legend, Champ Hood (Uncle Walt's Band, Toni Price), Warren has become an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and singer. He has toured extensively as a member of acclaimed Bay Area band The Waybacks (featured on NPR) who accompanied former Grateful Dead founder Bob Weir and as violinist for world-renowned recording artists, The BoDeans. He has also performed and/or recorded with such noteworthy artists as Lyle Lovett, Joan Osborne, Emmylou Harris, Ben Kweller, Little Feet, Elvis Costello, Susan Tedeschi, Gillian Welch, and Alejandro Escovedo.
"Hood has style to burn, with a knack for composing songs as ageless as they are pleasing to hear." -Margaret Moser, The Austin Chronicle
The Warren Hood Band features Austin guitar ace Willie Pipkin, and singer and pianist, Emily Gimble. Gimble is the granddaughter of Grammy Award winning fiddler - Johnny Gimble, who was a member of the original Texas Playboys. Emily has also gained notoriety for her role as lead singer and pianist of the Marshall Ford Swing Band. She has shared the stage with such greats as Ray Benson, Marcia Ball, Bobby Bare and Willie Nelson.
"Emily Gimble ... sings with an amazing, free, effortless style. She sounds a little bit like Norah Jones and Billie Holliday, but it as not as mannered or stuffy as other female singers ... What I like about Emily is that she is totally unaffected, and the music just pours out of her, like it floats up out of her body, like an essential part of her." - Elana James.
The self-titled debut album, The Warren Hood Band, was brilliantly produced by Charlie Sexton and 9 of the 11 songs were written/co-written by Warren, including the album's single "Alright" and the rockin', soulful "Where Have You Gone", phenomenally sung by Emily Gimble.
This spring and summer The Warren Hood Band will be performing across the US with Hayes Carll at sold out shows from the City Winery in Chicago and NYC, to the Birchmere and Johnny D's. The band will also be headlining slots at Kerrville Folk Festival, Pagosa Folk and Bluegrass Fest, The Americana Music Festival in Chicago and the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco.
The Warren Hood Band will be available on June 4 for download on iTunes, eMusic, Amazon, and others as well as on CD, in stores Nationally Distributed by Red Parlor Records and Entertainment One Distribution.
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