Although many festivals throughout the U.S. are reporting lower than usual crowds and there is concern about the glut of outdoor music events, the 13th annual Mountain Jam festival does not seem to be suffering. This weekend, a sell out crowd is expected to gather at Hunter Mountain in New York to see Epiphone Signature artist Gary Clark Jr. as well as Epi fans Peter Frampton, Steve Miller Band, Shovels and Rope, and Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives featuring Chris Scruggs. Single and 3-Day Passes are still available. Visit the website for details and read our classic interview with Mr. Clark on the arrival of his Signature Casino, the Blak and Blu.

"I pretty much knew from day one that I needed a few things for my arsenal," Clark told Epiphone.  "The Epiphone Casino is the one that always stood out. I'd always go out and pick one of those in a store when I would go Strait music or Ray Hennigs Heart of Texas Music down here in Austin. It always stood out but I never had the money to get one.

And then finally I scrapped up some change and got one and the Casino changed my life. I knew that was what I needed to have. I had my eyes on it before I even really got familiar with it. And it just kind of stuck. I'm good with that. It's cool to have a Blak & Blu guitar, do you know what I mean? To have the guitar I've always wanted and to be able to customize it--"what if it was this color?"--it's surreal to see it all happen."