Gary Clark Jr. is playing all over this summer while still working hard on his Warner Bros. debut record, still slated for release sometime in 2012.
Clark is playing major festivals like Lollapalooza, Coachella, Bonnaroo, and all points in between (although we haven't gotten him booked in Nashville and I'm going to have to talk to someone about that). He also recently participated in a showcase show at SXSW -- held on his home turf in Austin, TX -- and we have video from his performance there.
"Don't Owe You A Thing" is on his Bright Lights EP, which we all love, and this performance rocked the house hard. I love the way the band drops out during Clark's guitar solo and jumps right back in to carry the song to its conclusion. He is a multi-dimensional threat who will be hard to pigeonhole -- is he blues? rock? R&B? soul? singer/songwriter -- but his obvious talent has been enough to generate a lot of buzz and I believe he's going to be one of those artists like Jack White who defies categorization and flourishes any way.
Speaking of : somebody get Gary and Jack on a stage together in Nashville. Now. What an incredible meeting of minds and guitars that would be. I have had many great ideas. This is merely one of them. Someone will thank me later. Check out the video of Gary tearing up SXSW. If you haven't heard the Bright Lights EP, first of all, shame on you. Second, you can do that here. Third, go out and buy it. Another of my great ideas for which I will one day be thanked.