Broadening the scope of Eric Clapton’s recent album of Robert Johnson interpretations, “Me and Mr. Johnson,” the guitarist this week unveils the CD/DVD package “Sessions for Robert J.” The Duck/Reprise release comprises tour rehearsals in London, a Los Angeles hotel room and the Dallas warehouse where the late Johnson made some of his last recordings.
Throughout, Clapton performs Johnson’s songs with his live band, acoustically with guitarist Doyle Bramhall II and in a solo setting. The “Sessions” DVD sports five Johnson songs that did not appear on “Me and Mr. Johnson”: “Terraplane Blues,” “Ramblin’ on My Mind,” “Stones in My Passway,” “From Four Until Late” and “Sweet Home Chicago,” which is being worked as a single to U.S. AAA and classic rock radio stations.
“Me and Mr. Johnson” debuted in April at No. 6 on The Billboard 200 and has sold more than 563,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
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