As one of my favorite acts at Coachella this year, Gary Clark Jr. is a force to be reckoned with on the guitar. In possibly the boldest statement I’ve made in a while, I’d argue that he’s basically Jimi Hendrix reincarnated. His sound, like bands such as Portugal. The Man or even Alabama Shakes, sounds like it could be from a different era. Before laptop rock and autotune. In short, dude rocks a guitar solo.
Despite comparing him to people like Hendrix, Clark plays a brand of rock and blues that’s unique to his own style. He’s resurrecting and reinventing the blues all at once, and people are starting to take notice. Aside from his mid-day set time tent being packed to the brim at Coachella, he’s also played alongside legends like B.B. King and Clapton at the Crossroads Guitar Festival, been featured numerous times in Rolling Stone, and had “Gary Clark Jr. Day” declared in his honor by the mayor of Texas. Oh, by the way, Clark was only seventeen when the holiday was declared.
The 28-year-old Texas native sings on “Bright Lights,” stating: “You’re gonna know my name,” and if you don’t already, you will soon.
“Don’t Owe You a Thang”