Gary Clark Jr., the guitar-shredding blues prodigy from Austin, has been rocking the nation over the last six months. In August, his EP, Bright Lights, become the first EP to be a lead review in Rolling Stone. In November, he jammed on the Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” with Alicia Keys, who praised him to the heavens. And in December, he made a national TV audience aware of his skills when he took to the stage of the Late Show with David Letterman.
But it was at last night’s “In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues” show for the Obamas—featuring legends like Mick Jagger, B.B. King, and Buddy Guy—where Clark took his game to a new level. We all know the president has an ear for music, as this video on CNN of him singing Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” shows, so for Clark to get the reaction he did from the president while playing “Catfish Blues” means Clark has officially arrived.