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An up-and-coming force steeped in old sounds

“I’ve been cutting some songs, got a good chunk of work done,’’ says Gary Clark Jr., of working on his full-length debut album. “I’ve been cutting some songs, got a good chunk of work done,’’ says Gary Clark Jr., of working on his full-length debut album. (Joseph Garay)
By James Sullivan
Globe Correspondent / December 11, 2011
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Ten years in the making, Gary Clark, Jr., is about to become an overnight sensation. With the recent release of one four-song EP, the 27-year-old guitarist, who headlines a sold-out show at T.T. the Bear’s Place on Monday, is quickly gathering a small army of friends in high places. A native of Austin, Texas, where he was nurtured by local mainstays such as Jimmie Vaughan, Clark is establishing himself as a rare bird - a performer adept with the blues but eager to roam free in classic soul, hard rock and hip-hop.

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