Tim Duffy, Executive Director of the Music Maker Relief Foundation, has made a recording of "Mississippi Blues" that he cut with Eric Clapton in 1995 available to mark the charity's 20th anniversary. Music Maker was established in 1994 by Duffy and his wife, Denise, to preserve the musical traditions of the American South by directly supporting the musicians who make it, ensuring their voices will not be silenced by poverty and time. To date, it has assisted over 300 artists. Over one million people worldwide have had the opportunity to experience traditional music live, and 150 CDs have been issued on the Music Maker label.
ENTER TO WIN NOW PLUS EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNT OFFER! Audio Fidelity has released an audiophile edition of Eric Clapton's double-platinum album, Journeyman, on Hybrid SACD. First released in 1989, Journeyman reached #16 on the Billboard album chart and became the the guitarist's first solo studio album to go double-platinum. For the sessions, Eric assembled an all-star guest roster: George Harrison, Phil Collins, Robert Cray, Chaka Khan, Daryl Hall, Cecil and Linda Womack, Jerry Williams, Gary Burton and Dire Straits' keyboardist Alan Clark.
Eric Clapton has often said that JJ Cale is one of the single most important figures in rock history, a sentiment echoed by many fellow musicians. Cale’s influence on Clapton was profound, and his influence on many of today’s artists cannot be overstated. To honor Cales's legacy, Clapton gathered a group of like-minded friends and musicians for "Eric Clapton & Friends: The Breeze, An Appreciation of JJ Cale", due out July 29th. The first single - "Call Me The Breeze" - has been released to AAA, Mainstream Rock and Classic Rock radio formats. EC handles the track's vocals and is joined on guitar by Albert Lee. Tune into your favorite radio station to check it out!
Eric Clapton and His Band wowed a massive crowd of almost 60,000 during his headlining set at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on April 27. It was the legendary guitarist's first appearance at the 45-year old festival. The concert also kicked off his four-date U.S. Tour, which wrapped May 3 in Atlanta. Dale M told WE! about the festival: "From the opening licks of “Somebody’s Knockin” to the encore, this first ever Jazz Fest show may have been the most solid I’ve seen from Slowhand in the 15+ concerts I have had the pleasure to attend since 1990.