Eric Clapton Teaming Up With Tom Petty & Mark Knopfler For JJ Cale Tribute Album
On July 29th, Eric Clapton will release the tribute album to his longtime friend and inspiration, the late JJ Cale, called The Breeze, An Appreciation of JJ Cale. Rolling Stone reported the 16-song set will feature collaborations with Tom Petty, Mark Knopfler, Willie Nelson, Derek Trucks, John Mayer, and others. JJ Cale, best known for writing the Clapton standards "After Midnight" and "Cocaine" -- along with Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Call Me The Breeze" -- died on July 26th, 2013 of a heart attack at the age of 74.
Clapton said in a statement announcing the album’s release: "I would like people to tap into what JJ Cale did -- that's the point. 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."
Eric Clapton admits that he records these days mainly to satisfy his own musical tastes: "I make records, as much as anything, for me to, to be able to listen to. I mean, it's almost like I can't buy what I want to hear, so I make what I want to hear. And I think about, I dream up what I would like to hear, and then I try to go about making that for myself. So it's a very selfish occupation, really." " - Don White & Eric Clapton
"The Old Man And Me" - Tom Petty
"Train To Nowhere" - Mark Knopfler, Don White, & Eric Clapton
"Starbound" - Willie Nelson
"Don’t Wait" - Eric Clapton & John Mayer
"Crying Eyes" - Eric Clapton & Christine Lakeland
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