by Robert Wilkinson
Since it’s the birthday of “the future of Texas blues,” I figured I’d put the spotlight on this guitar wizard!
Many have not heard of this Austin legend who has been breaking BIG the past few years. While he’s mainly a blues cat, he also holds his own with the best in any genre!
Here's a little from Wikipedia: Gary Clark, Jr. (February 15, 1984) is an American Grammy-winning guitarist and actor based in Austin, Texas. Described as being the future of Texas blues, Clark's resume has included sharing the stage with various legends of rock and roll. He has stated that he is "influenced by blues, jazz, soul [and] country, as well as hip hop"
I mainly found videos of Gary playing some great blues. While many of these aren’t exactly dance numbers, this is still a great opportunity to check out one of the newest bright lights going today!
For this Saturday Night Attitude dance tune, I figured we’d continue with our Beatles tribute as delivered up by two of the best guitar players alive! From the recent Beatles tribute on the telly, Gary, Joe Walsh, and Dave Grohl deliver one of the truly smoking versions of George’s classic “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”
From the Blues Kitchen in London, Gary cranking out the blues standard “Catfish Blues”
And since the comparisons have been everywhere since he hit the stage, I’ll include another classic version of the tune, done by the Master! Jimi Hendrix - “Catfish Blues”
I found the original! From 1941, Robert Petway singing “Catfish Blues”
Back to Gary! From the 2012 Mountain Jam Festival, Gary delivering an homage to the Master with “Third Stone From the Sun”
It’s the blues! From the 2010 Crossroads Festival, "Bright Lights"From the 2013 Crossroads Festival, with Doyle Bramhall II, “She’s All Right”
With John Mayer in a great version of "Born Under A Bad Sign"
From the 2013 Fuji Rock Fest, some slow blues! “If Money Was Trouble”
On “the Roadhouse” broadcast by KEXP Seattle, a full 24 minutes of Gary live in the studio! Gary Clark Jr. performing “When My Train Pulls In,” “Don't Owe You a Thing,” “Bright Lights,” and “Shotgun Man”
From Nov 2013, an entire one hour show! Gary Clark Jr. at the House of Blues in New Orleans
From Portugal in 2013, a full hour of Gary Clark Jr. at the Super Bock Super Rock Festival
We’ll close this Saturday Night Attitude dance with a great clip of our tune on the show “Concerts in Austin with Strings Attached.” Here “the future of Texas blues” offers up “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”
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