What could be more Austin than Gary Clark Jr.? Not much it seems. The man who has been described as the savior of Blues and Austin’s Worst Kept Secret is surprisingly only 28 years old, and perhaps even more surprisingly only had his first major-label debut called Blak and Blu released on October 22, 2012.
Clark is, of course, old hat to Austinites, but to the rest of the ACL crowd on Sunday, he seemed to be a revelation. Smoky and bluesy, with some of the best guitar playing Playmaker saw in the whole of the festival. “Things are Changing” and “Ain’t Messin ‘Round” were fine examples of this style
Gary Clark Jr. has long been on the Austin radar, and now coupling this performance with the wide-release of his album should propel the Texas guitarist to new heights. Let’s just hope he’ll give us an encore at one of ACL 2013’s two weekends next year.
Below is a set list for the show:
When My Train Pulls In
Don’t Owe You A Thang
Third Stone From The Sun/If You Love Me Like You Say
Ain’t Messin ‘Round
Please Come Home
Things Are Changing
Blak & Blu