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The New Guitar Gods: Doyle Bramhall II & Derek Trucks

     “It’s a full-on guitar army,” says Derek Trucks, laughing. The slide-guitar ace is speaking from Cologne, Germany, where he has just completed another magical night as a member of Eric Clapton’s backing band. Texan guitar wrangler Doyle Bramhall II is also in the group. Robert Cray is the opening act and sits in during Clapton’s set on a nightly basis. With a backline like that, and with... …

100 Greatest Guitar Solos: No. 42 "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" (Eric Clapton)

“When we actually started recording this, it was just me playing the acoustic guitar and singing it, and nobody was interested,” recalls the song’s author, George Harrison. “Well, Ringo probably was, but John and Paul weren’t. When I went home that night, I was really disappointed because I thought, ‘Well, this is really quite a good song; it’s not as if it’s crap!’ And the next day I happened... …

Eric Clapton: Crossroads

     A brief history of the life and evolution of Eric Clapton presented by Guitar World magazine. “I try to find the places I’ve been before,” Eric Clapton told an interviewer in the early Nineties. “To go back and find a phrase which has a meaning, that belongs to some part of my experience, is very valuable to me because it will put me in touch with something that may involve lots of... …

Eric Clapton: The King and I

     In 2004, Eric Clapton paid tribute to Robert Johnson with an album of the Delta King’s classic blues.Back when he was a blues-obsessed teenager in England, something happened to Eric Clapton that caused him to fall down on his knees and ask the Lord above for mercy: he heard, for the first time, the music of Delta blues king Robert Johnson. Throughout his long and brilliant career,... …

Eric Clapton: Fit for Kings

    At the dawn of the millennium, Eric Clapton and B.B. King pooled their legendary blues talents on Riding wih the King, an epic album 30 years in the making. When Eric Clapton arrived in New York in 1967, he was the toast of the town. The rock community was buzzing about the British blues prodigy and his new band, Cream, whose slinky “I Feel Free” was fast becoming a staple on underground... …

Eric Clapton: Amazing Grace

    In a world exclusive interview with MTV Unplugged producer Alex Coletti, Eric Clapton discusses the recording of his 1994 Grammy- winning album and the joys of playing acoustic guitar. “I try to find the places I’ve been before,” Eric Clapton told an interviewer in the early Nineties. “To go back and find a phrase which has a meaning, that belongs to some part of my experience, is very... …

Eric Clapton: Blues Power

    In 1988, on the verge of his commercial and artistic rebirth, Eric Clapton paused to reflect on the music of his past and the invigorating force of his first love: the blues. By the time Eric Clapton encountered the MTV generation in the mid Eighties, his short but profound stints with the Yardbirds, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith and Derek and the Dominos seemed a... …

Eric Clapton: The Artist Formerly Known as God

    Originally printed in Guitar World, May 1998 On Pilgrim, Eric Clapton demon- strated that there’s more to salvation than a heavenly guitar solo. It was in the early Sixties that Eric Clapton first grabbed people with the scream in his sound. People called it the “woman tone,” but that was no woman—that was his life. On songs like “Born Under a Bad Sign” and “Crossroads,” he used his... …

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