Robert Johnson and J.J. Cale represent the yin and yang of Eric Clapton’s musical influences. On one side is Johnson, the famously troubled Thirties-era Mississippi bluesman who moaned about hellhounds on his trail, spooks around his bed and those lowdown, shakin’ chills. On the other side is Cale, the famously laidback singer-songwriter from Tulsa who penned laconic odes to singin’ whippoorwills, “chugalugging” and shakin’ tambourines.
A forthcoming film of Eric Clapton's 2014 world tour might just be a document of the guitarist's final tour — ever. The DVD, which is titled Planes, Trains and Eric, documents the Far and Middle Eastern leg of Clapton's tour, intercutting backstage and on-the-road vignettes with full-length performances of songs, including “Layla,” “Wonderful Tonight,” “Cocaine,” “I Shot the Sheriff” and “Crossroads."
Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of "Train to Nowhere," a track from The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale. The album, which features covers of 16 Cale compositions performed by Clapton, Mark Knopfler, John Mayer, Willie Nelson, Tom Petty, Derek Trucks and Don White, will be released July 29. In fact, "Train to Nowhere" features vocals by Knopfler, White and Clapton.
Although many of the attendees at Eric Clapton's June 21 concert at SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland would have at first told you that "Clapton is God!," his alleged divinity was unable to prevent technical difficulties from cutting that night's concert short.
Eric Clapton has released the animated lyric video for his new single, "Call Me the Breeze," and you can check it out below. The track is from The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale, a new album attributed to Eric Clapton & Friends. It will be released July 29.
Jackie Lomax was born on this date (May 10) in 1944. I'd like to celebrate this seemingly arbitrary milestone by discussing the most famous thing Lomax has ever been involved in — the recording of a song called "Sour Milk Sea." The song is legendary because it is very nearly a Beatles recording.
On this date in 1984, Pink Floyd's Roger Waters released his first solo album, The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking. The album abounded with something that Eric Clapton’s early Eighties albums sorely lacked: screaming guitar solos — played by Eric Clapton!
"It’s so funny, this,” Clapton says. “I’ve always had that held up as like, ‘This is one of the great landmarks of guitar playing.’ But most of that solo is on the wrong beat. Instead of playing on the two and the four, I’m playing on the one and the three and thinking, ‘That’s the off beat.’ No wonder people think it’s so good—because it’s fucking wrong.” [laughs]