Friday, December 26, 2008
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST Song Of The Day-W.C. Clark
Song:I Want To Shout About It
Album:Texas Blues Party
Bluesman W.C. Clark is probably best known for his days with the late Stevie Ray Vaughan. He is called The Godfather Of Austin Blues. That's what it says on his website. Wesley Curley Clark was born Nov. 16, 1939 in Austin, TX. His dad played guitar and by age 16, he was playing with local blues legend T.D. Bell. Clark played local clubs until he left to play guitar for Joe Tex. But he returned to Austin in the 70s and started hanging around with young musicians. He formed a group with pianist Danny Freeman and vocalist Angela Strehli called Southern Feeling but they were unable to get a record deal and Clark took a job as a mechanic for a local Ford dealership. Stevie Ray Vaughan approached Clark about joining his band with singer Lou Ann Barton called Triple Threat Revue. This led to Clark writing Cold Shot for Vaughan and it was one of his biggest hits. Clark's big break as a solo artist came when he appeared on a 1990 episode of the PBS series Austin City Limits. This led to a contract with Black Top Records. I Want To Shout About It is from his 1994 CD Heart Of Gold. He works with local Austin guys from his Vaughan days. Sax player Mark "Kaz" Kazanoff produced the album. Blues guitarist Ronnie Earl wrote the song. Texas Blues Party is a various artists comp from Rounder's Easydisc budget label and is a good intro for beginners. A 1997 car accident that killed Clark's fiancee slowed him down and then Black Top went broke. But Clark returned to recording on Alligator and his latest CD Deep In The Heart was released in 2004. W.C. Clark is still touring today. Here's W.C. Clark performing Funny How Time Slips Away on the PBS series Austin City Limits 1990.