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Clark’s been playing the music for fans around the world. He’s played every significant festival in the last 18 months _ sometimes twice _ and played in front of 70,000 in Brazil while opening for Eric Clapton.

The crowds continue to grow. And at every stop, something happens that Clark finds strange.

“There’s this wild thing that’s been going on at the show where the fans just start chanting my name and I don’t know how to deal with that yet,” he said. “It’s overwhelming to me. I go from being in the front row at shows … to being onstage and having people show up to come see you, and show that much love. I’m standing there just saying, `How did this happen?’”

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