Blues-rock guitarist Gary Clark Jr. had a phenomenal 2012 with rave reviews for Blak & Blu, which peaked at #6 on the Billboard Albums chart). The Austin, Tex. native finished the year by joining the Rolling Stones on-stage during their recent New York/New Jersey shows, playing guitar on a version of “I’m Goin’ Down.”
As we’ve said many times before, Clark is an artist on the rise and all of the praise that’s been bestowed upon him is rightly deserved. Playing at festivals across the globe, Clark has established himself as a great talent not only as a guitar virtuoso, but as a singer as well. Fans at Coachella and Lollapalooza were taken by his blend of blues, rock and soul.
At first glance, the tall and lanky musician doesn’t look like more than a singer/songwriter, but when you hear him sing and play guitar, you have no choice but to turn around and take notice. Mixing a soulful, yet powerful voice with a transcendent guitar sound, Clark Jr. has a wide appeal. Fans of blues music could point to his guitar and find something they like, while others could rock and yes, even stoners could enjoy the rockin’ riffs.
He is one of the great talents in music today, and deservedly, Gary Clark Jr. is our Best New Male Artist for 2012.