A year after Cale's death, Clapton pays tribute to one of his greatest influences
Legendary guitarist JJ Cale is best known for pioneering the Tulsa Sound and writing two songs ("After Midnight" and "Cocaine") that Eric Clapton turned into huge hits. A year after Cale's death, his longtime admirer is paying tribute in a star-studded covers album.
"Eric Clapton & Friends: The Breeze, An Appreciation of JJ Cale" drops July 29 and will feature reinterpretations of 16 Cale tracks, performed by Clapton and cohorts like Tom Petty, John Mayer, Willie Nelson, Mark Knopfler and more. It drops via Clapton's Bushbranch Records/Surfdog Records.
Last July, Cale died of a heart attack in San Diego at the age of 74. In 2006, Clapton collaborated with Cale for the first time in his career on the 2006 original album "Road to Escondido." Clapton called it "the realization of what may have been my last ambition, to work with the man whose music has inspired me for as long as I can remember.”