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

Guitar master shows off his must-have items on the road

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Gary Clark Jr. discusses various items that define his personal style, and the things he never leaves home without.

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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."

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"I had to get a new passport becuase I was running out of pages. I was at Heathrow and my passport looked like shit. It was all beat up. The customs agent said, 'This is atrocious. Next time you've gotta get a new passport. There's no way we're gonna let you come back to this country with a passport in this condition! Absolutely atrocious!' I was like, 'Dang, sorry for traveling.'"

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