At the tender age of eighteen, the Seattle-born crooner Gus Glark hit out to explore the United States with a backpack and a mandolin, cutting his teeth playing on the street and traveling by freight train or the kindness of those still bold enough to pick up a hitchhiker. Emerging over ten years later as an accomplished multi-instrumentalist (guitar, accordion, mandolin, and more), he now pays beautiful homage to an ultra-deep well of golden-era American music traditions, ranging from pre-WWII blues to 1960s Nashville honky tonk. In a voice that combines unique sincerity with pitch-perfect emotive richness, Clark delivers classic barn-burners, good-time dance tunes, bittersweet heartbreak ballads, and his own originals. His remarkable tenor and powerful musical presence are guaranteed to both wrench hearts and propel listeners onto the dance floor, whether Clark performs solo or backed by his rock-solid band.
Over the years, Clark has proved himself as a staple of the Seattle music scene, frequenting the area's renowned country dance bars and Americana venues and lighting up its largest festivals with a range of projects. A regular guest vocalist at tribute nights and charity events, he's shared the stage with contemporary greats and up-and-comers such as Charlie Crockett, Pokey LaFarge, Eilen Jewell, Cactus Blossoms, Jeremy Pinnell, Whitney Rose, Easy Leaves, and Jaime Wyatt. He’s a regular touring member of the outlaw party-country band Country Lips, contributing on accordion, vocals, and mandolin. For a decade now, Clark has also made music - an unmatchable mix of early jazz, jug-band, country, blues, old-time, Cajun, klezmer and originals - with his "musical sibling,” the Virginia-raised fiddle virtuoso and singer/songwriter Annie Ford. The dynamic duo's sweet harmonies have won hearts in humble living rooms, on street corners, on the grand stages of old vaudeville theaters, and far beyond.
The debut recording of Joe Bourdet, twin singles ‘Seamist’ and ‘El Capitan,’ will be released on a limited run vinyl 45rpm disc, and digitally worldwide on Jan. 5th 2018 along with an accompanying music video by director Chris Rady.
Musician Joe Bourdet is operating somewhere within the definition of a California singer-songwriter and one gets the impression that it’s comfortable territory for the Golden State native. The music of his debut release reveal first loping, then driving acoustic guitars, delicate harmony vocals cascading into intertwining slide guitar lines, and all laid out in a bed of tastefully executed rhythms and textures (The sublime George Sluppick of Memphis TN is on drum duties here). Lyrical themes involve pastoral imagery, betraying a love for California’s Sierra Nevada range. They also contain a subtle existential subtext, as if the music presented is that of a seeker, one perceiving beauty, reaching for something that can't be fully articulated or understood, and that that’s OK.
Also a producer and engineer, Joe Bourdet is responsible for much of the production duties on his records supplemented by long time collaborator engineer/guitarist Jason Soda.
Joe Bourdet is from Nevada City CA. He currently resides in Los Angeles CA.
Credits include two full-length albums with the band Whispering Pines, an album with the band Painted Hills led by the late great Josh Schwartz, and an early stint as guitarist for artist/producer Jonathan Wilson. His works as a composer include the musical soundtracks for the films 'Patagonia Trips #Yuki_Surf' and 'Fishing for Unicorns.' Additionally, his music has appeared in the TV series 'Dusk Till Dawn,' 'Damages,' 'Franklin and Bash,' and a documentary about the legendary venue ‘Pappy and Harriet’s’ near Joshua Tree National Park called 'The Pioneertown Palace.'