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Gary Clark Jr. On World Cafe | December 14, 2012

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Gary Clark Jr.'s new album Blak and Blue is his major-label debut, but the blues guitarist is hardly a newcomer. Clark made his first album at 17, and by then he'd already spent several years hanging out in the blues clubs of Austin, Texas.

One place in particular had a big influence on his growth as a player: Antone's Blues Club. It was there that Clark watched legends like Buddy Guy perform, and where he played some of his first shows after the club's owner took note of the precocious young guitarist's playing.

For Blak and Blue, Clark stepped outside his comfort zone and enlisted the help of outsiders for the first time, including producers Mike Elizondo and Rob Cavallo. Working in unfamiliar territory in the studio may have been a refreshing change for Clark — at this point in his career, he's been playing for so long that performing is clearly second nature to him.

"I love it. I love getting up there," he tells World Café host David Dye. "I'm comfortable — it's a place to kind of let go and really be myself." (link)


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Minus the Bear "Diamond Lightning" Infinity Overhead
Jimi Hendrix "Manic Depression" Are You Experienced?
Stevie Ray Vaughan "Crossfire" Greatest Hits
((Gary Clark Jr "Numb" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Gary Clark Jr "Ain't Messin' 'Round" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Gary Clark Jr "Oh, Pretty Woman" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Gary Clark Jr "Travis County" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Gary Clark Jr "Numb" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Gary Clark Jr "Oh, Pretty Woman" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
My Morning Jacket "Mahgeetah" It Still Moves
Yeasayer "Longevity" Fragrant World
The Last Bison "Switzerland" Inheritance EP
Andrew Bird "EyeonEye" Break It Yourself
Elvis Costello "Jacksons, Monk and Rowe" The Juliet Letters


Desmond Dekker "Israelites" Jammin' Rap
The English Beat "Twist & Crawl" I Just Can't Stop It
Grizzly Bear "Yet Again" Shields
Warpaint "Undertow" The Fool
Leagues "Spotlight" You Belong Here
The Lumineers "Ho Hey" The Lumineers
((The Low Anthem "To Ohio" Oh My God Charlie Darwin))
The Helio Sequence "Hall of Mirrors" Negotiations
Beck "Everybody's Gotta Learn" Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Soundtrack
Lord Huron "Time to Run" Lonesome Dreams
Talking Heads "Girlfriend is Better" Speaking in Tongues
((Modest Mouse "Spitting Venom" We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank))
John Hiatt "Crossing Muddy Waters" Crossing Muddy Waters
The Head and the Heart "Down in the Valley" The Head and the Heart
Chris Whitley "Living with the Law" Living with the Law
Patterson Hood "Leaving Time" Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance