Eric Clapton to pay tribute to songwriting legend J.J. Cale

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      Universal Music Canada has announced that Eric Clapton will release a star-studded album honouring J.J. Cale's legacy this summer.

      Titled The Breeze, An Appreciation of JJ Cale, the 16-track disc will feature guitar by Clapton on all tracks, with guest appearances by such shit-hot pickers as Derek Trucks, Mark Knopfler, Albert Lee, and Doyle Bramhall II, as well as pedal-steel player Greg Leisz.

      Tom Petty will share the vocals with Clapton on two tracks, and sing lead on a version of "The Old Man and Me". Willie Nelson and John Mayer will also sing on various tunes.

      “I would like people to tap into what JJ Cale did—that’s the point,” said Clapton in a press release.  “I’m just the messenger; I’ve always felt that that’s my job.  I try to interpret things so that the public at large, or at least the people who listen to what I do, will become intrigued about where I got it from.”

      Surprisingly, the biggest hits Clapton had with Cale tunes—"Cocaine" and "After Midnight"—will not appear on the album, which is scheduled for release on July 29. Here's what does:

      The Breeze Track Listing:

      1. Call Me The Breeze (Vocals Eric Clapton)
      2. Rock And Roll Records (Vocals Eric Clapton & Tom Petty)
      3. Someday (Vocals Mark Knopfler)
      4. Lies (Vocals John Mayer & Eric Clapton)
      5. Sensitive Kind (Vocals Don White)
      6. Cajun Moon (Vocals Eric Clapton)
      7. Magnolia (Vocals John Mayer)
      8. I Got The Same Old Blues (Vocals Tom Petty & Eric Clapton)
      9. Songbird (Vocals Willie Nelson & Eric Clapton)
      10. Since You Said Goodbye (Vocals Eric Clapton)
      11. I’ll Be There (If You Ever Want Me) (Vocals Don White & Eric Clapton)
      12. The Old Man And Me (Vocals Tom Petty)
      13. Train To Nowhere (Vocals Mark Knopfler, Don White & Eric Clapton)
      14. Starbound (Vocals Willie Nelson)
      15. Don’t Wait (Vocals Eric Clapton & John Mayer)
      16. Crying Eyes (Vocals Eric Clapton & Christine Lakeland)


      Keys - Hammond Organ, Piano & Wurlitzer

      Walt Richmond & Simon Climie

      Drum Programming & Percussion

      Simon Climie

      Bass Nathan East

      Drums Jim Keltner


      Eric Clapton (All tracks)

      Mark Knopfler (Tracks 3 & 13)

      John Mayer (Tracks 4, 7 & 15)

      Willie Nelson (Tracks 9 & 14)

      Don White (Tracks 3, 5 & 13)

      Reggie Young (Tracks 2, 6 & 8)

      Derek Trucks (Tracks 14 & 16)

      Albert Lee (Tracks 1 & 11)

      David Lindley (Tracks 9 & 16)

      Don Preston (Track 3 & 13)

      Christine Lakeland (Track 3)

      Doyle Bramhall II (Track 10)

      Pedal Steel Guitar

      Greg Leisz (Track 12 & 14)


      Eric Clapton (Track 11)


      Jimmy Markham (Track 13)

      Mickey Raphael (Tracks 3, 9 & 14)

      Backing Vocals

      Michelle John (Tracks 4, 5, 9 & 13)

      Sharon White(Tracks 4, 5, 9 & 13)

      Christine Lakeland (Tracks 13 & 15)

      Simon Climie (Track 9)

      Additional Drums

      James Cruce

      Jim Karstein

      Jamie Oldaker

      David Teegarden

      Satnam Ramgotra (Tablas)