Gary Clark Jr.
by Geoffrey Himes
Three years before he released his 2010 EP Bright Lights, five years before he released his brand new album, Blak & Blu, long before Rolling Stone hailed him as the latest modernizer of the blues, Gary Clark Jr. gave a clear warning of what was coming. In 2007, in movie theaters across the nation, Clark starred in the film Honeydripper as Sonny, a fictional character who modernized the blues back in 1950. He did it by building the first-ever solid-body electric guitar and using it to give the country blues a new jolt of volume, buzz and speed. This mythical figure—based on everyone from Muddy Waters to Chuck...