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WXPN’s XPoNential Music Festival initial lineup announced

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WXPN’s XPoNential Music Festival is happening July 22nd, 23rd, and 24th at the Camden Waterfront with shows at Wiggins Park and the BB&T Pavilion.

Tickets go on sale Friday at Noon, however you can reserve tickets by becoming a new or renewing WXPN member at $25 a month. You will receive a pair of 3-Day Go Everywhere Passes that includes LAWN ADMISSION to Ryan Adams/Kurt Vile on Friday, July 22, Alabama Shakes/Gary Clark Jr on Saturday, July 23, and Brandi Carlile/Old Crow Medicine Show on Sunday, July 24. Continue reading →

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Listen to the new Gary Clark, Jr. album, The Story Of Sonny Boy Slim

Gary Clark Jr. | Photo by Frank Maddocks | Via NPR Music
Gary Clark Jr. | Photo by Frank Maddocks | Via NPR Music

Gary Clark, Jr. just released his new album, The Story of Sonny Boy Slim. Over the last several years, the extraordinary blues and rock guitarist has shared the stages with many guitar playing legends including Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, and Keith Richards – all of whom have sung Clark’s praises. Continue reading →

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Listen to a new Gary Clark Jr. song, “The Healing” and see him at The Fillmore Philly in November

Gary Clark Jr. | Credit: Henry Strauss Photography
Gary Clark Jr. | Credit: Henry Strauss Photography

The Story of Sonny Boy Slim is the name of the highly anticipated new album by blues rocker Gary Clark Jr.. It’s the followup to his debut major label album, Blak and Blu, released in 2012. Clark wrote, produced, arranged the album, and played most of the instruments himself on the record which also includes his sisters, Shawn and Savannah Clark on backing vocals. Continue reading →

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Cody ChesnuTT teams up with Gary Clark, Jr on “Gunpowder On The Letter”

Cody ChesnuTT photo by Bohbot
Cody ChesnuTT photo by Bohbot
Sometimes unlikely combinations on paper make for good bedfellows in the studio. Such is the case with Cody ChesnuTT who collaborated with Gary Clark, Jr. on “Gunpowder On The Letter,” from ChesnuTT’s new Landing on A Hundred: B-Sides and Remixes. In addition to Gary Clark, Jr., ChesnuTT invited Questlove of The Roots, Danny Swain, Jay West and Manuel Sahagun to remix several songs from ChesnuTT’s original Landing On A Hundred studio album. Below, download “Gunpodwer On The Letter.” Clark and ChesnuTT play off each other well, trading verses and guitar solos on the rollicking, driving, clap along song.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Kings of Leon with Gary Clark, Jr. at the Wells Fargo Center, Anders Osborne at World Cafe Live

Kings of Leon | photo courtesy of the artist
Kings of Leon | photo courtesy of the artist

Kings of Leon take over the Wells Fargo Center tonight, with support from blues rock musician Gary Clark, Jr.  The Tennessee natives (and family band) released their sixth studio record Mechanical Bull in September.  XPN Fest alum Gary Clark, Jr. has been getting a lot of mileage out of his 2012 LP Blak and Blu, winning a Grammy Award for the Best Traditional R&B performance with his song “Please Come Home” earlier this year.  Tickets and information can be found here. Check out Kings of Leon’s video for “Beautiful War” below.

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Gary Clark Jr. goes unplugged for KUTX with “Blak and Blu” and “Bright Lights” (playing the Roots Picnic on 6/1)

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During a recent trip to his hometown of Austin, TX blues / rock musician Gary Clark Jr. stopped by KUTX, pizza in hand, to perform a pair of acoustic songs from his 2012 full-length Blak and Blu.  Without the fiery passion of his electric guitar, Clark shows an impressive ability to translate his usually-explosive live show into an intimate and stripped-down setting.  Gary Clark Jr. will perform at the 6th Annual Roots Picnic on June 1st; tickets and information can be found here.  Watch the video via NPR Music below.