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Gary Clark Jr. Had This to Say About Eric Clapton Comparing Him to Jimi Hendrix

Gary Clark Jr.
Frank Maddocks

Gary Clark Jr. 

For a self-proclaimed "simple dude from Austin, Texas," Gary Clark Jr. sure is talented.

In an interview with CBS This Morning, the rocker talked about his new album This Land, which features the singer characteristically shredding on guitar before singing the tale of a neighbor who couldn't believe a black man owned the property next door.

"He said, 'I need to speak to the owner of the house.' I’m like 'Dude, you’re talking to me,'" he said, before adding, "I’m 35, I’ve been dealing with this since elementary school."

"I was born this way and I love it," he said. "For someone to judge me based upon [points at skin] this and not ask any questions or not even trying to get up here [points at brain]...It just made me upset, sad, it made me curious about the future."

The interviewer then noted that Clark has toured with the Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton, the latter of which said he hasn't seen a guitar "flow" like Clark's since Jimi Hendrix. "A flow like mine? That’s what he said?" the crooner said bashfully. "Oh damn…pressure." 

"It doesn’t really resonate until I’m at home and I’m like, 'Wow this is real,'" he continued. "All those dreams and hopes and aspirations I had as a kid that I thought were silly and I was scared to share with people because they might think I’m out of my mind."

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