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Watch: Austin guitar great Gary Clark Jr. plays an NPR Tiny Desk Concert

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Grammy Award Winner Gary Clark Jr performs during taping for Season 45 of Austin City Limits produced by KLRU-TV and PBS Austin at ACL-Live at The Moody Theater, on March 5, 2019 in Austin, Texas - [Scott Moore/Austin360]

Austin's hometown hero, Gary Clark stopped by National Public Radio headquarters in Washington, D.C. to play a Tiny Desk Concert. The blues singer played three songs from his powerful new album, "This Land." He put in alternately silky and gritty versions of "What About Us" and "When I'm Gone" before segueing into a gorgeous rendition of "Pearl Cadillac."

Clark said he has his two young children along with him on the current tour, "trying to do the dad thing." Consequently, he confessed, he was so tired. He noted that he wrote the latter song for his mother. "I might ask her to babysit next time," he quipped.

The Tiny Desk area was also warmer than he anticipated when he put on a knit cap and a leather jacket for the performance, but "I feel sexy in this jacket, so I'm going to sweat it out," he said.