Gary Clark Jr. began playing guitar at the age of twelve. Born and raised in Austin, Clark played small gigs throughout his teens, until he met promoter Clifford Antone, proprietor of the Austin music club Antone’s. Antone’s was the launch pad from which Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughan redefined rock at the time. Soon after meeting Clifford, Clark began to play with an array of musical icons, including Jimmie Vaughan. Vaughan and others in the Austin music community helped Clark along his musical path, facilitating his ascent in the Texas rock & roll scene. Clark’s music demonstrates how the blues have shaped virtually every medium of music over the past century, from hip-hop to country.
Clark performed at the 2010 Crossroads Guitar Festival alongside B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Steve Winwood, John Mayer, Sheryl Crow, Jeff Beck, and ZZ Top. He joined Doyle Bramhall II and Sheryl Crow on stage for their performance with Eric Clapton, and also debuted several original songs.
Rolling Stone declared Clark “Best Young Gun” in its April 2011, “Best of Rock” issue.
Clark sang on the bonus track cover of “I Want You Back” by the Jackson 5 on Sheryl Crow ‘s album 100 Miles from Memphis.
More recently, Clark recorded with Alicia Keys on two different songs in New York, NY.
In February 2012, Clark performed alongside blues legends at the Red, White and Blues event at the White House. Gary has since appeared with The Rolling Stones at The Barclay for one show and at The Superbowl with Stevie Wonder. Clark recently released his latest CD Blak & Blu and is appearing once again with Eric Clapton at Crossroads 2013. Kantor guitars is proud to have created a one of a kind guitar featuring original artwork by John CRASH Matos for this present and future icon of guitar!