From the Artist
"I had so much music in my soul," Clark recalls, "all I had to do was pick up an instrument and play it."
About the Artist
Wesley Curley Clark was born into a musical family in Austin in 1939. His father played guitar and his grandmother, mother and sisters all sang gospel in the church choir.
He learned the guitar as a youngster and at age 16 played his first gig at the Victory Grill, where he was introduced to Texas blues legend T.D. Bell. Soon after, Clark switched to playing bass and joined Bell's band, The Cadillacs. In the early 1960s he began a six-year stint with Blues Boy Hubbard and The Jets at the popular Austin nightclub Charlie's Playhouse. There he met Ramp;B hitmaker Joe Tex, who recruited W.C. to fill the vacant guitar slot in his group. Clark toured the Southern "chitlin' circuit," learning music firsthand from Tex and countless soul and blues stars, including Tyrone Davis and James Brown. Along the way, Clark perfected his ability to lift an audience into a frenzy.
In the early 1970s, Clark formed the band Southern Feeling along with singer Angela Strehli and guitarist/pianist Denny Freeman. He then befriended Jimmie Vaughan's firebrand guitarist brother Stevie Ray, who occasionally sat in with the band. After Southern Feeling dissolved, Clark took a day job as a mechanic, but was courted relentlessly by Stevie Ray, who was determined to have W.C. as a member of his own band. Clark eventually quit his job to become the bass player in the Triple Threat Revue with Stevie Ray, keyboardist Mike Kindred, drummer Freddie Pharoah and singer Lou Ann Barton. During his tenure with Triple Threat, Clark and keyboardist Kindred co-wrote "Cold Shot," which became one of Vaughan's biggest hits and recently earned W.C. his first platinum record.