Over spring break, I was lucky enough to attend a Gary Clark Jr. concert in Houston, TX. For those of you that have not heard of him yet, you definitely will in the future. By far one of the best living guitarists around, Gary Clark Jr. has already been compared to the likes of Jimi Hendrix. Clark grew up in Austin, TX and played at local venues in his early years before meeting Clifford Antone, owner of Antone’s music club. Antone’s served as a launch pad for Clark who began playing with many musicians including Jimmie Vaughn. Last June, Clark even played the Bonnaroo Music Festival and was named Rolling Stone‘s “Best Young Gun,” in the April 2011 issue of “Best of Rock.” Recently, Clark played at the White House in honor of Black History Month and South by Southwest (SXSW).
Clark opened the concert with a song off his new EP, The Bright Lights EP, titled “Don’t Owe You a Thang,” and immediately showcased his electrifying guitar skills. Throughout the show, Clark engaged in guitar solos that were, simply put, mind-blowing. Solo acoustic performances of “Things Are Changin’,”and “When My Train Pulls In,” demonstrated his ability to crossover from blues to other genres such as rock. Clark ended the night by building up a slow and teasing intro into his hit song, “Bright Lights,” before displaying his handiwork on the guitar by breaking into several, long guitar solos.
Unlike many other musicians with skills and talents similar to his, Clark seemed down-to-earth and very willing to engage the crowd. After the show, Clark even conversed with crowd members for a good length of time, which came as a surprise, considering his travel plans for the next day.
Coupon Smell had planned on interviewing Gary Clark Jr. before his show in Houston, however, a thunderstorm delayed the tour bus on its way down from Austin and the interview was postponed until further notice. Check out our Facebook page to see the interview if/when it finally happens.
Umar Khan, host of Coupon Smell, Thursday Nights/Friday Mornings 1-2 AM.