Eric Clapton’s blues chops are still on point as he leans into a honky-tonk vibe in surprise new single, Pompous Fool

Eric Clapton
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Eric Clapton has added to his repertoire of surprise-release singles with, Pompous Fool. The track finds Slowhand leaning in to the snappy sounds of his Fender Stratocaster’s single-coils for a boatload of signature blues licks and honky-tonk turnarounds.

After punctuating his lyrics with a smattering of tasty six-string embellishments throughout the first half of the track, Clapton then plants his feet firmly in the major pentatonic box for the track’s first solo at the 2:20 mark, delivering slinky slides and a handful of B.B.-style bends.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.