XPN Festival 2011

July 27, 2011

For the second year in a row, the XPN Festival was held on the hottest weekend of the summer. Of course it was – I always have free tickets for being a member. I wish I could have braved the heat but at least I was able to stream it live from my air-conditioned home. Having grown up listening to Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and Lynyrd Skynyrd with my dad, I gravitated toward new artist Gary Clark Jr., a self-producing blues and rock guitarist with some mad skills. He was voted Best Blues & Electric Guitarist for the Austin Music Awards, and has performed at the Crossroads Guitar Festival, alongside Clapton and BB King.So I had to call up my pop to tell him to listen in Friday night – we’ll definitely be getting his new EP, Bright Lights, coming out August 9th. He’s also playing next week with ?uestlove. Might have to get a babysitter…

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