Inside Gary Clark Jr.'s Juke-Joint Couture, Touring Essentials


Gary Clark Jr. is on a high the day after playing Carnegie Hall, although he has one regret. “I wanted to re-create Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Live at Carnegie Hall album cover!” he says in his New York hotel room. Photography is one way Clark passes the time on the road, mostly taking photos of his two-year-old son, Zion, “because I’m obsessed.” Clark’s Fuji camera is one of his many must-have items on tour. He also brings plenty of John Varvatos clothing, prized watches and a portable studio for use after he and his wife, Nicole Trunfio, put Zion to bed. “I’ll make a beat and send it to the band,” Clark says. “Then I might play a game of NBA 2K.” He’s looking forward to downtime at his new 50-acre ranch outside his native Austin, where he plans to fill a horse stable and build an “artists’ compound.” Lately, he’s been making music with Leon Bridges and rapper Big K.R.I.T., and planning a new album. Says Clark, “2017 is go time.”