The Godfather of Austin Blues:
1320 S. Lamar Blvd
by Derek Van Wagner
What does it take to be named the Godfather of Austin Blues? First off, try touring with legends like Joe Tex, James Brown, Freddie King, Albert King AND B.B. King. Or how about having Paul Ray, Jimmie and Stevie Ray Vaughn in your band at one point or another. OR why not teach the Sexton brothers how to play guitar and inspire countless other musicians to carry on the blues tradition because you make it sound so damn smooth. Unfortunately, after you’ve done all this (now impossible…RIP SRV, JB, BB, Freddie, Albert & Joe), you still cannot become the Godfather…because WC Clark already beat you to the punch!
Born and raised in Austin, WC has been a beacon for aspiring bluesmen passing through our city limits. His mellifluous voice and tasteful guitar playing has left an indelible mark on this city. 2016 has been a rough year for aging musicians, but it is never too late to pay tribute to a living legend. So scratch whatever plans you have on Nov. 26, take a seat at the Saxon, bring a pen and paper, and let WC Clark take you to school.
Read more from the Arts Issue | November 2016