Gary Clark, Jr., impressed a lot of our festival goers this summer. Considered a pioneering guitarist alongside greats such as Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan, Gary Clark Jr. has raised many eyebrows with his ability to cut through styles of rock, blues, soul and R&B with seamless effort. He's released a number of EPs, and has his major label debut on Warner Brothers, August 9. Dubbed Bright Lights, Clark will have a full-length out in January of 2012.
Givers infectious energy and ridiculously catchy melodies are propelling this Louisiana outfit to greater and greater heights. It all started with Tiffany Lamson (vocalist and percussionist) crashing on the couch of Taylor Guarisco (vocalist and guitar) while at college in New Orleans
John Paul White and Joy Williams hail from very different parts of the country (Alabama and California, respectively), and have both have been free spirits when it comes to their solo music careers. But when the two crossed paths at a song-writing camp in Nashville, the rest, as they say, is history. Both knew that they had some special collaborative magic, and they've managed to mix their song-writing styles into something truly moving. Their full-length debut, Barton Hollow, was released just this past February, and its emotional chamber-folk showcases the perfectly matched vocals of the duo. Gaining notoriety after their single "Poison and Wine" was featured on Grey's Anatomy, White and Williams have also been building a strong fan base with their electrifying performances across the country.
The Head and the Heart was formed after five twenty somethings met at an open mic night in Seattle. Coming from school, day jobs, and other states to meet at an open mic night, the members of The Head and The Heart recognized they had something special right from the start.
Though London's James Blake plans on releasing his debut record in March, the post-dubstep producer already has the fanbase of a seasoned artist after releasing a series of widely acclaimed EPs and singles. Hailed by BBC as the one of most promising new artists, this mere 22 year old is also our Artist to Watch for March.
It all started with the 88 keys of an old organ. This month's Artist to Watch, Fitz & The Tantrums, is a six-person outfit of soul + pop and some really quite dapper suits. It only took a year for them to hit it big, and they're still growing--there's got to be something good about a band that can coast to sharing stages with Maroon 5 and Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings on just an EP.