Whistle Pig Vail: Gary Clark Jr.
On the title track of “This Land,” Gary Clark Jr. is staking his claim to a literal place on the map. It’s a song with real-life roots in how Clark and his family have traded up in his native Texas and been met with suspicious glances. And if it sounds like he’s had some practice in defiantly ignoring expectations about where he ought to live, well, that’s something he’s been doing musically his whole life. He’s a rock-and-soul omnivore who can survey the entire landscape of American music — not just the blues but reggae, punk, R&B and hip-hop — and say: This land was made for you and me.