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The Crossroads Guitar Festival is the brainchild of Eric Clapton to showcase the talents of his peers. Rarely do up and coming artists get a spot on the roster, but E.C. made an exception in 2010 when he asked Gary Clark Jr. to play. That speaks volumes.
Gary has been compared to Hendrix and Stevie Ray and I'm comfortable with that. He grew up listening to a gumbo of John Lee Hooker, Curtis Mayfield and Snoop Dog. The results are electrifying blues, tinged with rock and wrapped in a soulful groove.
The 27-year-old native of Austin, Texas is the first prodigy I've heard worth mentioning since Kenny Wayne Sheperd.
Warner has thankfully released a four-song EP to give us a taste, with a full-CD expected in early 2012.
Gary plays the field, from the electric blues explosion of "Bright Lights" to an updated acoustic blues masterpiece "When My Train Pulls In" in the vein of classic Robert Johnson.
He's been playing guitar since age seven and was mentored by some world class players including Jimmie Vaughan. He has won the Austin Music Award for Best Blues and Electric Guitarist on three separate occasions.
This is the artist to watch for 2012.
The only downside to it (I'm being ironic in a way, I knew that, of course) is there are only 4 songs. Could listen to him playing and singing for an hour, no problem!
By the way, it is 20and so minutes long. Fair enough. Listened to it twice in a row as it arrived.
The other songs are examples of current popular trends (in song writing or recording techniques) and really have nothing much in common with the real music this artist can create.
His later album (The Life os Sonny Boy....) really showcases his playing, writing and singing much better.
Don't need to waste your time and money on this one.
Keep A Rockin' In The Free World!!
Changin' The World One Ear At A Tyme!!
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Hard to believe this is 5yrs old . Dodge uses opening chords in truck promo .
Clark was new & I paid $12 for a 1 cut cd
The CD by the artiest came on time and perfect condition as advertised by sale'r no problems 100% satisfaction!Published 27 days ago by nankanse
My favorite CD love his music and anyone ever getting a chance to see this artist in person they should. Then get back on Amazon and order all his music.Published 2 months ago by Karen
At the time that I first heard this song, I could not locate it anywhere! Literally ad to by the acoustic version of "Things are changing"... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer