From Austin With Soul

Austin's W.C. Clark is an artist who brings an enormous amount of talent to the gig: He's a soulful vocalist and

Austin's W.C. Clark is an artist who brings an enormous amount of talent to the gig: He's a soulful vocalist and

a tasty guitarist. His music is an intuitive amalgam of R&B, blues, and rock'n'roll that he's worked into a distinctive, emotionally real sound. On this, Clark's Alligator debut, producer Mark Kazanoff has done a fine job of showcasing Clark's versatility while preserving the Stax vibe that's crucial to his artistic persona—especially on a track like "How Long Is a Heartache Supposed to Last?" Clark also chalks up a superb duet with labelmate Marcia Ball on "Don't Mess Up a Good Thing."—PVV