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W.C. Clark

W.C. Clark
W.C. Clark The Slippery Noodle Inn Tuesday, March 30
The Slippery Noodle Inn, 372 S. Meridian St., will have blues royalty on its stage March 30. The Godfather of Austin Blues, W.C. Clark, will be in town and a lifetime of Texas soul blues is coming with him. No need to bow at his feet or kiss his ring, but he will be wearing a crown. Sort of. “I got my Godfather Stetson Fedora hat, does that count?” he jokingly asked. “It was on my last album cover [From Austin With Soul]. I really don’t mind the title. I accepted it a long time ago. The people call me that. One time after a concert, Billy Joel came up to me and said I was the most fluid musician he had ever seen.” When not on the road, Clark has lived in Austin, Texas, his entire life. Growing up, he was surrounded by vocal women. “My mother and sisters sang gospel. My grandma was the mother of the church. I was raised around all this stuff, working and washing and ironing. They would be making up words to whatever they were humming around the house. It was a lot of that in my soul. Mostly I was trying to figure out how to do that. I was listening to music all the time, but I couldn’t listen to blues at that time because they thought it was the devil’s music. My stepfather, though, would wait until everyone was gone and say, ‘Boy, listen to this.’ He played me blues and hillbilly. It wasn’t called country or western back then.” Clark’s Alligator debut, From Austin With Soul, carries on the Clark tradition with clean soul/blues singing, guitar playing and songwriting. Not Blues Power, but Blues Finesse. One of the songs from From Austin, “Let It Rain,” won the W.C. Handy Award for Song Of The Year. “A new CD is in the works and it sounds wonderful,” Clark said. “It’s gonna top the last one. I was really at first. We’re finishing the mixing down now and it’s gonna be really, really out there.” Expect a fall release for the not-yet-titled album. By the way, W.C. Clark turns 65 this year. He has no time for retirement.

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