Quotes by: Gary Clark, Jr.
|Gary Clark Jr.
Clark performing at the North Coast Music Festival in Chicago in 2013
||Gary Lee Clark Jr.
February 15, 1984 |
||Austin, Texas, United States
||Blues rock, soul, R&B, blues, hard rock, rock and roll
||Vocals, guitar, drums, trumpet, keyboards
The blues is the foundation for a lot of things. Things have branched off. It's cool how music grows, but the foundation is always there. It's not going anywhere. The blues is always going to be relevant.
You know, I've never done karaoke, ever. It makes me nervous - I think it's the lack of the guitar and just a microphone.
I am the type of artist where you can't tell me anything. I have always been that way. I am right. I don't need any input.
When I got my first guitar, I played along with everything I heard that had guitar in it, like the Ramones, Nirvana and Sublime, as well as whatever hip-hop and R&B stuff was on the radio.
I failed public speaking in grade school, 'cause I was so nervous and scared.
My mom always told me I should have a Plan B. I said that if I'm not going to play guitar I'm going to play drums. And if I'm not going to play drums, I'm going to play bass. I always just wanted to play music. I was completely obsessed.
I've been called 'musically schizophrenic,' and some people think that's a cool thing.
I know that I'm capable of moving around on the guitar. I can express myself the way I want to and feel good about it. But as far as technical chops, I'm not a learned musician.
For a black male, the sound of the blues is pre-Civil Rights. It's oppression.
The guys in my band buy instruments and sell and trade them. But if I have something I hang onto it. Everything is sentimental to me.
There's nothing like a music festival. People are ready to have a good time. I don't think anyone comes to a festival going, 'I'm gonna be a complete bummer today.'
When I was growing up, I would go hang out with older guys at night in blues clubs.