March 16, 2012


Gary Clark Jr. On Playing Blues for President Obama

Austin's own bluesman Gary Clark Jr. is one of SXSW's rising stars. He wowed Fuse with his gutter blues on Thursday night, and it turns out he recently made another fan out of none other than President Obama himself. We caught up with Clark to get the lowdown on playing at the White House's East Room—and joining the “White House Blues All-Stars” alongside legends like B.B. King, Buddy Guy and Jeff Beck to back up Obama as he sang "Sweet Home Chicago.” 

"When I was at the White House, doing that gig, and I saw the president singing... I got offstage and I was like, 'Did that really just go down?'" remembers Clark. "I never thought in a million years that I'd play the White House. It was a trip. I didn't know [Obama] could sing like that!"

Clark also told Fuse about his upcoming debut full-length album, expected in September. "I'm going to start recording the album, next week, after SXSW. I feel very at home in the studio. That's like my comfort zone. I just sit there and create. I could do that all day."

Watch the video above!