Austin native Gary Clark Jr. swept the 31st annual Austin Music Awards last Wednesday evening, collecting an unprecedented sweep of eight awards, including such top honors as Band of the Year, Musician of the Year, and Male Vocalist of the Year, as well as Album of the Year for his critically acclaimed Top 10 Warner Bros. Records debut Blak and Blu. The event, held at the Austin Music Hall, symbolizes the start of the SXSW Music Conference and shines a spotlight on the city and the Texas musicians who have influenced music around the world.
Clark will light up TV screens across the nation this Wednesday, March 20th, when he and his band return to The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and again on Late Show w/ David Letterman on Tuesday April 9th.
Clark has recently returned from a triumphant European and Australian tour and is gearing up to join his good friend Eric Clapton for the latter's annual Crossroads Guitar Festival, which will take place at New York City's fabled Madison Square Garden April 12th and 13th.
Visit http://www.garyclarkjr.com for all of Clark's upcoming tour dates, which include several U.S. festivals in May and June. More news to be revealed soon.
Want more Gary Clark Jr? He was Music Connection's cover artist in November 2012. Read the full interview at http://bit.ly/S8FeIA.
2012 - 2013 Austin Music Awards for Gary Clark Jr.:
Band Of The Year
Musician Of The Year
Song Of The Year - "Ain't Messin Round" (from Blak and Blu)
Album Of the Year - Blak and Blu
Electric Guitarist Of The Year
Songwriter Of The Year
Blues/Soul/Funk Artist Of The Year
Male Vocalist Of The Year