- W. C. Clark
Name = W. C. Clark
Img_capt = W. C. Clark (1996)
Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Wesley Curley Clark
Born = birth date and age|1939|11|16
Austin, Texas, USA
Years_active = 1970 – Present
Black Top Records Alligator Records
URL = [http://www.wcclark.com/ wcclark.com]
W. C. Clark (born Wesley Curley Clark on
November 15 1939in Austin, Texas) is a legendary musician known as the "Godfather of Austin Blues" for his influence on the Austin blues scene since the late 1960s.
W. C. was raised in his native hometown of Austin, where he sang gospel in the choir as a young boy. In the early 1950s at age 14 he first learned the guitar, and then later experimented with blues and jazz on the bass guitar.
By the early 1960s, he began attracting the attention of such Texas blues performers as
Big Joe Turner, Albert Collinsand Little Johnny Taylor.
In the late 1960s, he joined the
R&B Joe TexBand, and left Austin, where he thought the R&B scene had died. But during a tour with the band back through Austin, W.C. sat in on bass with younger Austin locals Jimmie Vaughanand Paul Ray at an East Austin club. After the session playing with Vaughan and Ray, W.C. changed his mind about Austin.
He left Joe Tex two weeks later and moved back to Austin, where he then remained to guide and inspire numerous Austin musicians and lay the foundation of the prolific Austin blues and rock scene of the 1970s and later.
In the early 1970s, W. C. formed an Austin blues quintet named
Triple Threat Revue, with members Stevie Ray Vaughanand Lou Ann Barton. He also formed several bands with various names, which also included as members Jimmie Vaughanand Angela Strehli.
In 1975, Clark formed the W. C. Clark Blues Revue. Through the 1980s that band played venues with international greats such as
James Brown, B.B. King, Albert King, Freddy King, Sam and Dave, Elvin Bishopand Bobby Blue Bland.
By the early 1980s W.C. had taught future rock prodigy brothers
Charlie Sextonand Will Sextonhow to play guitar, while they were still young boys.
In 1990 W. C. appeared on the
PBSmusic television program Austin City Limits, with his group W. C. Clark Blues Revue, from a show taped October 10, 1989, in celebration of his 50th birthday, along with Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmie Vaughan and Kim Wilsonof The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Lou Ann Barton, Angela Strehli and his former protege, Will Sexton. [ [http://www.pbs.org/klru/austin/artists/program353.html Stevie Ray Vaughan followed by W. C. Clark Blues Revue] , Austin City Limits, 1990]
In March 1997, on the eve of Austin's
South by Southwestmusic festival, as Clark and his band were returning from a show in Milwaukee, their van, driven by Clark, veered off the highway and down a steep embankment near Sherman, Texas, injuring his arm and killing his fiancee Brenda Jasek and his drummer, Pedro Alcoser, Jr. [http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_action=list&p_topdoc=11] Lover's Plea followed, containing the single "Are You Here, Are You There?" in memory of Jasek. [http://weeklywire.com/ww/08-03-98/austin_music_feature1.html]
*1987 "Something for Everybody" (Drippin' DR-1001) (LP; under the name W.C. Clark Blues Revue)
*1994 "Heart Of Gold" (Black Top BT-1103)
*1995 "Texas Soul" (Black Top BT-1131)
*1998 "Lover's Plea" (Black Top BT-1145)
*2002 "From Austin With Soul" (Alligator ALCD 4884)
*2004 "Deep In The Heart" (Alligator ALCD 4897)
Music of Austin
* [http://www.wcclark.com/ Official website]
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