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Past TracksGary Clark Jr. is a young-gun guitar-slinger from Austin, Texas who is ready to break big on the national stage. First of all, it will become clear within the first 20 seconds of this track that he knows his way around the sort of blues that Jimi Hendrix was letting rip in the last days of the Jimi Hendrix Experience. A few muted strums, and then you'll hear Clark's guitar fire off a chord that is nasty, greasy, and powerful. The undercarriage of this song is utterly modern, and actually more indebted to hip-hop than blues. But you put these pieces together and you've got something special. Pure Saturday-night swagger. It was not a surprise to me that Clark was included in the recent Red, White, and Blues event that President Obama hosted at the White House. During that special show, he shared the stage with the likes of Buddy Guy, B.B. King, and Jeff Beck. That's a small indication of how serious his talent is.

On iTunes: Gary Clark, Jr. / "Bright Lights"

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