Watching videos of the best of the best within a genre performing in one video is incredible and sometimes overwhelming. In the blues world today, there are a lot of outstanding guitar players who will undoubtedly be mixed in as some of the greatest blues guitarists of all time. This video, in my opinion, contains two of those individuals, Gary Clark Jr. and John Mayer.
Gary Clark grew up in the musical thriving area of Austin, Texas where he began playing guitar at 12 years old. Once he met music promoter Clifford Antone who happened to have a hand in Stevie Ray Vaughan’s career, his musical career sky rocketed. He became the “Best Young Gun” as declared by the 2011 Rolling Stone Magazine and appeared on various artist’s albums like Foo Fighters and Alicia Keys.
Ever Since then, he had been getting more and more known in the blues community and his 2017 cover of “Come Together” was the theme to the movie Justice League. Pretty cool.
The other professional axe slinger in this video is the much-debated John Mayer, who has released seven studio albums and has received multiple Grammy Awards/Nominations as well as a plethora of other accolades. Mayer is widely known for his catchy pop songs that garner the attention of troves of teenage girls. But, beyond his throng of popular hits, Mayer is an extremely accomplished guitarist and can rip a blues solo like no one’s business. However, due to his commercial success, he usually isn’t given the respect he is deserved as a musician.
This video was taken at the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony and features Clark and Mayer paying tribute to posthumous inductee Albert King with his hit song “Born Under a Bad Sign.” This is a straight blues jam and shows the two seasoned musicians at the top of their game.
(photo by Frank Ockenfells)