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W.C. Clark 

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Guitarist W.C. Clark came of age in Austin during the 50s and 60s, when the blues scene there was eclectic and sizzling. Everyone from Big Joe Turner to young renegades like Albert Collins and Freddie King came through frequently, and Clark absorbed their musical flash and their stylistic diversity. He played with Joe Tex in the 60s, immersing himself further in the burgeoning soul sound, and eventually became part of the 70s-era Austin-based blues revival that fused the expertise of seasoned players with the youthful energies of artists like the Vaughan brothers. He played bass for Stevie Ray for a time and helped write "Love Shot," though he never received credit on the record. Clark's vocals have a pleading, vulnerable quality that makes him especially effective on lovelorn ballads, but he also delights in up-tempo shuffles that showcase his supple guitar technique. His versatility is one of his strong suits: he's liable to segue from a roadhouse barn burner into a grinding, Jimmy Reed-style shuffle, and then finish off with a steamy fusion of deep soul passion and funky contemporary R & B. Friday, 9 PM, Buddy Guy's Legends, 754 S. Wabash; 427-0333 or 427-1190.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Scott Newton.


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