The Recording Academy Texas Chapter played host for GRAMMYs On The Road At Austin City Limits Music Festival during the festival's 10th anniversary from Sept. 16–18 at Zilker Park in Austin, Texas. The Chapter conducted exclusive backstage interviews with artists performing at the festival, including blues rock guitarist Gary Clark Jr. and singer/songwriter and fiddler Ruby Jane.
Clark discussed his musical beginnings, biggest career moments and musical influences.
"I got to play with the great harmonica player James Cotton, [guitar player] Hubert Sumlin [and bassist] Calvin 'Fuzz' Jones," said Clark on his biggest career moments. "[These are] major blues guys and guys I look up to. I wouldn't be here if those guys hadn't made their mark."
A native of Austin, Texas, Clark began playing guitar at age 12 and spent his teenage years playing gigs at venues throughout the Austin area such as Antone's nightclub, a venue that helped launch the careers of Los Lonely Boys and Stevie Ray Vaughan, among others. In 2005 Clark released an independent album, Tribute, followed by a set of self-produced albums in 2008, 110 and Worry No More. Clark was selected to perform at GRAMMY winner Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 2010, and a subsequent live DVD recording of the performance led to a recording contract with Warner Bros. Records. Clark released an EP, Bright Lights, in 2011, and is currently on tour in the United States, South America and Europe through the end of October.
Jane discussed her experience as a young musician, musical training, social media, her songwriting process, and advice for aspiring artists.
"I've been performing live since I was 8 years old," said Jane. "I love it because I love the adventures I get to have. I feel like I'm really living my life to the fullest."
Hailing from Dallas, the 16-year-old Jane is the multi-instrumentalist bandleader of the Ruby Jane Show, a project incorporating elements of country, jazz, bluegrass, and blues. Jane began taking classical violin lessons at age 2, and six years later shifted her focus to bluegrass music. After only six fiddle lessons Jane won the first-place prize in a fiddle competition in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Jane subsequently landed an apprenticeship through the Mississippi Arts Commission to study under fiddle player Charles T. Smith. In 2005 she became the youngest fiddler invited to perform onstage at the Grand Ole Opry. Two years later she released her debut album Creekside, followed by an EP, 2009's Feels Like Home, and 2010's Live At Roadhouse Rags with the Ruby Jane Show. Jane has performed with artists including Asleep At The Wheel's Ray Benson, Blues Traveler, Lyle Lovett, and Willie Nelson, among others.
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