Gary Clark Jr performs at the Mojo Tent at the 25th Annual Byron Bay Bluesfest in Tyagarah.
Gary Clark Jr performs at the Mojo Tent at the 25th Annual Byron Bay Bluesfest in Tyagarah.

Early star shines on for Austin's favourite Gary Clark Jr

Life as a star musician started early for Gary Clark Jr.

His star rose fast and bright during his teenage years - when he was just 17, the Mayor of Austin, Texas, named a day in his honour.

Mayor Kirk Watson declared May 3, 2001, to be "Gary Clark Jr Day".

The singer admitted he was too young to truly grasp the honour this meant at the time.

"When I was 17 I didn't really understand how big it was," he said.

"I was in high school so that was really my world.

"I was doing that and gigs.

"All I knew is that I got to leave school early that day, which was good.

"It was a big honour for someone so young, with so many people showing love and support."

Last year Clark won a Grammy Award for Best Traditional R&B performance for his song Please Come Home.

The singer is considering whether to play some unreleased songs during his Bluesfest performance this year.

"Hopefully. We need to get around and rehearse them, but yeah, I'm open to bringing some new stuff it if feels good," he said.

Clark finished touring last November and since then he's been working on songs for his new album.

"I'm finishing it up and it's cool," he said.

"It's a nice reflection on the past two years. I'm excited for people to hear it."

Gary Clark Jr will be performing at Bluesfest at the Jambalaya Stage on Good Friday from 22.10pm, at Crossroads on Sunday at 16.15pm and at Jambalaya again on Monday from 22.30pm.

For details visit Bluesfest's website

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