“The bridge between at least three generations. He was genuinely happy to share the joy with those around him”: W. C. Clark – the ‘Godfather of Austin Blues’ who mentored Stevie Ray Vaughan and many others – has died aged 84

W. C. Clark
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W. C. Clark – the influential Austin musician who had an indelible impact on the city’s blues scene and mentored some of its most notable exports – has died aged 84.

The news was reported by former Austin Chronicle columnist and music historian Michael Corcoran, who relayed news provided by Clark’s manager, Vicky Moerbe, in an article posted to his Substack.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.