Demonstrating his appeal to fans of many musical genres, singer, songwriter, and guitarist extraordinaire Gary Clark Jr. is the artist who has been invited to perform at all of this year’s major American music festivals, from a prime slot at the eclectic Bonnaroo (where he also appeared during the day last year), to the alternative mainstays Coachella and Montreal’s Osheaga Festival, to the indie rock-driven Sasquatch!, to the NOLA Jazz & Heritage Festival, plus many other top-line festivals whose line-ups will be announced in the coming weeks.
With an unpredictable and musically varied live set that changes depending on Clark’s mood, the Austin native has been wowing fans of all stripes during an incredibly successful year spent touring the U.S, Europe, and the U.K., performing everywhere from sold-out clubs to massive stadiums with Eric Clapton. He has also appeared on The Late Show With David Letterman and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, at high-profile benefit shows with Alicia Keys and The Roots (bringing the house down on George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” at Keys’ Black Ball), played for President Obama at the White House for a recent PBS special “In Performance At The White House: Red, White and Blues,“ alongside Mick Jagger and Jeff Beck. Add to that a special performance at New York’s famed Apollo Theater alongside Keith Richards, Eric Clapton and others for a memorial tribute to the late, great Hubert Sumlin Jr.
He has received tremendous critical praise, with The New York Times opining that he “may be the next Hendrix.” Rolling Stone observed, “Owing as much to Kurt Cobain and the Ramones as Buddy Guy and John Lee Hooker, indebted to hip-hop and psychedelia, his shape-shifting calling card EP is grounded in tradition while standing on the brink of change.” “Gary Clark Jr. cuts through a stunning blend of rock and soul. Clark can sing some sweet R&B, but at heart, he’s a blistering blues-rock guitarist who’s about to blow up big,” boasted NPR.
All of this has set up major anticipation for Clark’s upcoming Warner Bros. Records debut full-length album, which is due this fall. In the meantime, fans can snap up Clark’s acclaimed “THE BRIGHT LIGHTS EP,” as well as an exclusive 12″ vinyl single, Gary Clark Jr. Presents HWUL Cuts Vol. I – a Record Store Day exclusive that contains two previously unreleased live tracks, “If You Love Me Like You Say” and “Bright Lights,“ which will be released on April 21st.
Gary Clark Jr.’s confirmed upcoming festival dates are as follows. Summer headlining tour dates will be announced shortly, visit www.garyclarkjr.com for more details.
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