Gary Clark Jr.: The Blues Burn Brightly

Gary Clark Jr.

Gary Clark Jr. has enjoyed a fruitful year. He appeared last week on the DirecTV program Guitar Center Sessions, and is slated to join Kings of Leon on the road this spring. And though it makes sense that Clark would be touring with his vintage, bluesy rock throwback contemporaries, this hardly pigeonholes him. Clark’s evolving body of work integrates influences from all sorts of genres, fusing blues with elements of jazz, hip hop, and hard rock, thereby showcasing the degree to which the blues set the foundation for these other styles of pop music.

He’s worked with several artists representing multiple styles. Here’s a look at the top five Gary Clark Jr. collaborations.

5. Alicia Keys

Clark provided guitar work for “Fire We Make”, a track off of the Alicia Keys album, Girl on Fire. The pair actually started working together for a charity performance. Keys was slated to perform during a charity for the Keep A Child Alive foundation in New York City. Clark was originally recruited to perform live on a duet cover of The Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”. Keys was reportedly so impressed with Clark’s ability that she invited him into the studio. According to Clark, he was given artistic license in the studio, and claimed that his experience recording with Alicia was “one of the best studio experiences I’ve ever had”.