In the July 31st issue of Rolling Stone magazine, senior editor David Fricke talks to Eric Clapton about his new album, heading back to the studio this August and hanging up his guitar for good. Clapton tells Fricke he decided to record his homage to JJ Cale while flying to the U.S. for Cale's memorial service. As the interview ranges further from the The Breeze - out at the end of this month - Clapton talks about the state of his songwriting, the music he's listening or not listening to, the future of the guitar and retiring from the road. When asked about another Crossroads Festival, he tells Fricke, "No, I think this could be it. I don't want to work that hard, that much, anymore.
Legendary American blues guitarist, Johnny Winter, passed away 16 July, in a Zurich hotel room.
Born in Texas in 1944, the guitarist formed a band with his brother, Edgar Winter, in their teens. By 1960, he had recorded his first singles as Johnny and the Jammers. Discovering the blues, Johnny played and recorded with Texas R&B outfits through the 1960s steadily building his reputation as a guitarist.
Eric Clapton & Friends - The Breeze (An Appreciation of JJ Cale) Deluxe Edition CD Box Set and Special edition 4 LP set are now available for pre-ordering from Surfdog Records. The Breeze has performances of beloved JJ Cale songs by EC, Mark Knopfler, John Mayer, Willie Nelson, Tom Petty, Derek Trucks, Don White and others and is named for Cale's 1972 single “Call Me The Breeze.” The deluxe CD and special LP sets are available only from Surfdog Records. visit the shop at Surfdog.com to pre-order.