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Gary Clark Jr. (born February 15, 1984) is an American 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". Clark's musical trademarks are his extremely fuzzy guitar sound and smooth vocal style.
Gary Clark Jr was SPIN magazine's breakout artist for the month of November 2011. Rolling Stone magazine ranked Clark's Bright Lights EP (named for the title track Jimmy Reed cover song), number 40 on its list of its top 50 albums of 2011.
"Bright Lights" can be heard in the video game Max Payne 3 and "Don't Own You a Thang" can be heard in Need for Speed: The Run. Kirk Hammett from Metallica introduced Clark onstage before his performance at the Orion Festival in Atlantic City, NJ.
While playing every music festival ranging from Coachella, JazzFest, Memphis Beale St., Hangout, High Sierra, Sasquatch, Mountain Jam, Wakarusa, Bonnaroo, Hard Rock Calling, Newport Folk Festival, Orion Music Festival, Osheaga, Lollapalooza, and ACL Music Festival, Clark was awarded SPIN Magazine's Golden Corndog award for performing in more major North American Music Festivals in 2012 than any other musician on the planet.
Whether he's a modern-day bluesman or rock 'n' roll guitar slinger, Gary Clark Jr. is a musician whose stock is on the rise. The Texas guitarist, 28, has been playing out since his teens and now counts Eric Clapton, Alicia Keys and the Rolling Stones among his high-profile fans. Clark's first major-label album, Blak and Blu, released in October, debuted at No. 6 on The Billboard 200.