What Gary Clark Jr. and Barack Obama Have in Common
Gary Clark Jr.

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“Seriously, who is DJing OBAMA HQ?” tweeted Mark Ronson early yesterday morning, as the world waited for Barack Obama to make his acceptance speech. “Incredible. Teena Marie, MAZE etc. … every global news station is blastin’ Frankie Crocker classics.” Indeed. Obama headquarters was getting down like they were at a house party in the mid-’70s. They played everything from Al Green‘s “Let’s Stay Together” to KC and the Sunshine Band’s ”Boogie Shoes” to Jean Knight‘s “Mr. Big Stuff.” And as the president took the stage with his family, Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours,” blared from the speakers. The playlist perfectly reflected the President’s ideological aesthetic: classic, traditional choices updated for the modern age.

“The unvarnished swagger of Clark Jr.’s whole thing – from the raw guitar sound to the easeful dexterous skill of his technical playing to his lanky physical presence – is a much-needed jolt of the elemental at a time when the artificial rules the roost.”

It may seem like hubris to liken a young up-and-coming rocker

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