Gary Clark Jr. may be the future of blues. His sound stretches widely covering various genres so squeezing him into the compacted box of one genre isn’t fair, but it’s clear blues is in his soul. This month’s YOK artist has been making music for years although he’s fairly new to the mainstream eye. His talent supersedes his young 28 years enough for an invitation to play at the White House. On February 21, GCJ played at the “In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues” alongside legends like B.B.King, Buddy Guy and Mick Jagger. And sharing a joke with the president turned this into a dream gig of a lifetime for the guitar player and singer.
On the day of rehearsal President Obama was quite the jokester. Since we’re talking about an evening of honoring blues musicians, Gary was obviously the “youngest guy in the building.” “He was like, ‘It’s cool to see you doing this,’” said GCJ referring to the president speaking to him. “Don’t tell the old guys, it’s extra special that you’re here.” Hey, Aaliyah said, “Age ain’t nothing but a number,” and with his skills on the guitar he fit right in with his heroes. Stay tuned for more live performances and exclusive interview clips from this month’s You Oughta Know artist.
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