Gary Clark Jr. – tiny curations
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Gary Clark Jr., he started off young in Austin, working his away around the blues scene and Antone’s and his heroes. He has swept previous Austin Music Awards and even won a Grammy.
Soon out of the gates, he was cast and stared alongside Danny Glover in a movie, “Honeydripper” from 2007.
Over the past few years and on the festival circuit, he has enjoyed a lot of success.
And this past year, he played the many late night shows, performing, my favorite song of 2019: “This Land”.
He lives on his land in Kyle. One certain nosy neighbor came poking around his property and inadvertently became the muse for the song.
There is a radio edit version of the song, but it takes a little bit of the punch out of it. So let’s hear how Gary intended this song to be in all of it’s glory, as he recorded in the Freddy Fletcher’s Arlyn Studios on the legendary NEVE recording console, similar to the one highlighted in Dave Grohl’s “Sound City” documentary from 2013. Actually, this very NEVE console was featured with both Grohl and Clark in episode 4 of the Foo Fighters Sonic Highways documentary program.
Here it is, protect your land! Here is “This Land” from this year’s album of the same name. This is the state of Modern Blues in 2019!.
That song “The Governor” was included, as they were together in the great video for “This Land”, check it out! And there were many references to his Governor in “This Land”. And he is not referring to the Texas Governor who just late yesterday threatened the City of Austin to intervene over some questions about how this land can be used in our city. He is talking about a different kind of “Governor’ that most other Texans are well aware of…
Gary plays tonight and tomorrow night at Stubb’s BBQ, which just 2 days ago won a settlement to remain named Stubb’s BBQ. Holding up the handshake deal that C.B. Stubblefield would have wanted. And rather than being renamed to the Austin favorite, Liberty Lunch, that closed in the 90’s. Then this Saturday, next Friday and next Saturday he will be playing at the 17th annual Austin City Limits (ACL) music festival held in Zilker Park which is held on two consecutive three-day weekends in Austin, TX.
Enjoy those “Bright Lights”, here from 2011.
Oh and by the way Gary Clark Jr’s cousin, W.C. Clark, the ‘godfather of Austin blues’ plays a Happy Hour set every Wednesday at the Tavern on Main in Buda, be sure to check him out!
Thanks For listening.