Kindred spirits Eric Clapton and J.J. Cale will release their first original album collaboration, "The Road to Escondido," Nov. 7 via Reprise.
Kindred spirits Eric Clapton and J.J. Cale will release their first original album collaboration, "The Road to Escondido," Nov. 7 via Reprise. The 14-track set includes 11 Cale originals, one each penned by Clapton and John Mayer and a cover of the blues staple "Sporting Life Blues."
Clapton has previously scored major hits with his covers of Cale's "After Midnight" and "Cocaine." The pair hatched the idea to collaborate after performing together at Clapton's 2004 Crossroads guitar festival in Dallas.
"This was the realization of what may have been my last ambition -- to work with the man who's music has inspired me for as long as I can remember," Clapton says.
In addition to writing "Hard to Thrill," Mayer guests on guitar alongside Taj Mahal, Derek Trucks, Albert Lee and Doyle Bramhall II. The late Billy Preston contributed keyboards throughout the project; the disc is dedicated in his honor.
Here is the track list for "The Road to Escondido":
"Heads in Georgia"
"When This War Is Over"
"Sporting Life Blues"
"Dead End Road"
"Hard To Thrill"
"Anyway the Wind Blows"
"Three Little Girls"
"Don't Cry Sister"
"Last Will and Testament"
"Who Am I Telling You"
"Ride the River"