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Gary Clark Jr. Reinvigorates The Blues Live; The Rise Of Mexico’s 'Narco Cultura'

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Gary Clark Jr. performs in the Soundcheck studio. Gary Clark Jr. performs in the Soundcheck studio. (Michael Katzif / WNYC)

In this episode: A few years ago the guitar world needed an infusion of new blood. Enter Gary Clark Jr. Since his arrival on the blues scene, the Austin native has been name-dropped by Alicia Keys, gigged with the Rolling Stones and played for President Obama -- and he’s not even 30 yet. Clark Jr. plays a bluesy solo set in the Soundcheck studio, and recounts the time that he woke up on the sidewalk in front of a NYC hair salon.

Then, Shaul Schwarz, director of the gripping new documentary Narco Cultura, talks about exploring two very different sides of the outlaw-fueled culture that has grown up around Mexico’s drug wars.

Guests:

Gary Clark, Jr.

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