You really should have taken our word for it but for those of you not willing to give yourselves over to our expertise, we have a new Gary Clark Jr. endorsement to bring you: Alicia Keys.
That's right. Grammy-winner Alicia Keys thinks Clark is special (he is) and thinks he's going to blow up (we hope). We've even got video of she and Clark doing a duet of George Harrison's Beatles classic "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" (we wish we had the full thing!). Let me also say whether it's on a one-off single, a soundtrack, a charity compilation, or one of their albums, this should not be the last time we get these two performing together!
The clip begins with Alicia Keys giving Clark her endorsement before segueing to their performance together. I remember when Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Prince performed "Guitar" at the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, the night George Harrison was posthumously inducted. I was mesmerized by Prince's blistering guitar solo that night. Clark fires off an equally hot solo of his own before Keys picks up the vocal.
I haven't finished (okay, started) my Best of 2011 but when I do, Clark will be there with his Bright Lights EP. He is one of my favorite discoveries of the past year and his full-length album is one of the albums I most look forward to in 2012.
Check the video and see all the coverage we've done since discovering this amazing talent earlier this year. Will he be the next big thing or just the next best thing? Either way, you don't want to miss out.