Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Eric Clapton heads up J.J. Cale tribute album

Eric Clapton has put together a tribute album to honor one of his musical mentors, J.J. Cale, with the project set to be released in sync with the one-year anniversary of the singer/songwriter’s passing.

Due July 29, “Eric Clapton & Friends: The Breeze, An Appreciation of JJ Cale”, features a collection of 16 Cale tunes revisited by Clapton, Mark Knopfler, John Mayer, Willie Nelson, Tom Petty, Derek Trucks and Don White.

“I would like people to tap into what JJ Cale did – that’s the point,” said Clapton. “I’m just the messenger; I’ve always felt that that’s my job. I try to interpret things so that the public at large, or at least
the people who listen to what I do, will become intrigued about where I got it from.”

After years admiring JJ Cale’s work and covering several of his songs such as “After Midnight” and “Cocaine”, Clapton finally collaborated with Cale for the first time in his career on the 2006 original album “Road To Escondido.” At the time, Clapton said, “This is the realization of what may have been my last ambition, to work with the man whose music has inspired me for as long as I can remember.”

Cale passed away from a heart attack in La Jolla, California on July 26, 2013 at the age of 74 (read more details here).

Eric Clapton & Friends
"The Breeze, An Appreciation of JJ Cale"
Release date: July 29, 2014

01. Call Me The Breeze (Eric Clapton)
02. Rock And Roll Records (Eric Clapton & Tom Petty)
03. Someday (Mark Knopfler)
04. Lies (John Mayer & Eric Clapton)
05. Sensitive Kind (Don White)
06. Cajun Moon (Eric Clapton)
07. Magnolia (John Mayer)
08. I Got The Same Old Blues (Tom Petty & Eric Clapton)
09. Songbird (Willie Nelson & Eric Clapton)
10. Since You Said Goodbye (Eric Clapton)
11. I’ll Be There (If You Ever Want Me) (Don White & Eric Clapton)
12. The Old Man And Me (Tom Petty)
13. Train To Nowhere (Mark Knopfler, Don White & Eric Clapton)
14. Starbound (Willie Nelson)
15. Don’t Wait (Eric Clapton & John Mayer)
16. Crying Eyes (Eric Clapton & Christine Lakeland)

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