(Jackson, Wyo.) - Just like his idol Eric Clapton, Jackson native Clint King received his first guitar when he was 13 years old... and he hasn't put it down since. Now, King is competing with more than 4,000 other guitar players for a chance to play an opening spot on one of Vince Gill's summer tour dates, as well as $10,000 in cash, $30-40k in new equipment, and a single song deal with famed producer Justin Neibank. King graduated from Jackson Hole High School in 2003, where he was known for his guitar and musical skills. He now lives in eastern Idaho, works full time selling large animal pharmaceuticals and is enrolled in a MBA graduate program, but still loves music. "[This contest] is not just about winning, it is about being true to my roots and reminding my friends that I still love guitar and sharing my talent to benefit others," said King. "I've been having as much fun as possible, I remain authentic and original, I try to play with emotion from my heart, and have fun. People want to be entertained by fun and feel goods things. This generation needs more hope and more positive messages." For this contest, King posted a video of himself playing guitar for one of Vince Gill's songs. Each time a person watches, shares, comments or follows the onstage channel
King gets a point. The top 100 submissions are reviewed and Vince
Gill/Guitar Center will hand select the top five to play a live audition in
Los Angeles. Vince Gill will then choose one grand prize winner.
As of last night, there were 4,346 people in the competition and King sits
at number 44.
"I have been apart of this community my whole life and never asked for
favors, or handouts, but I have learned help is OK," said King. "Especially
if you remain grateful. There may be someone here in town that has
connections to help me, but I want to prove myself, challenge myself. To me
this is about following my heart and trying to serve other people around
me. I want less sadness, more peace, and music is a powerful tool."
Watch Clint's video (and give him points!) here.
*Feature Photo: Clint King. h/t Clint King / Pitchengine Communities*