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2016 Blues Artist of the Year

Gary Clark Jr.

Gary Clark Jr.

Texas born guitarist Gary Clark has been compared to guitar icons like Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan, and his energetic, impassioned and wild performances are a testament to this appraisal. Clark was selected by Eric Clapton to perform at the prestigious ‘Crossroads Guitar Festival’ in 2010 with only two self-produced albums to his name. This performance was to be a turning point in the already supremely talented guitarist’s career leading to a recording deal with Warner Bros.

Clark went on to release two more studio albums with Warner Bros. and saw success in the 2013 Austin Music Awards collecting eight awards including ‘Musician of the Year’, ‘Song of the year’ and ‘Album of the Year’ for “Blak and Blu”. On top of this, Clark won the award for ‘Best Traditional R&B Performance’ at the 2014 Grammy’s. Clark’s most recent album “The Story of Sonny Boy Slim” is a thoughtful and passionate amalgam of African-American music from past and present with blues playing one of the most crucial ingredient in the formula along with soul, R&B, funk and gospel. The album rocketed to the top of Billboard’s Top Blues Albums chart and saw Clark named as the Blues music awards ‘Male Artist of the Year’ in 2014 and 2015.

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