Nic Clark had a fairly unconventional childhood, which is perhaps one reason why his first album, Love Your Life / Songs for the Whole Family, came out youth-centric. It wasn’t that he wasn’t supported— in fact, his mom got him the certificate that allowed him to play in bars at the tender age of twelve. It was the school thing. His school system in the Denver area had a truancy court, and he set up semi-permanent residency there around the 7th grade.
You see, he had found the blues. Visiting a bookstore with his brother, he found a book about harmonica playing which included pictures of Sonny Boy Williamson and Stevie Wonder and a harmonica….and he never came down. The harp was his school, and he never missed a class there. Soon he was playing live and then, after the shattering loss of both a young cousin and his grandfather, he found the healing power of music, too.
We talk with Nic about growing up in a multi-generational household and how that has affected the way he creates music, how he found the harmonica, why school took a backseat to playing, creating the new album ‘Love your life’, why he wanted to make an album for all ages to enjoy, and a whole lot more!
For more info head over to: www.littlevillagefoundation.com/nic-clark
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