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2014

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Eric Clapton Takes Off in Tour Doc 'Planes, Trains and Eric'

August 7, 2014

Eric Clapton will release a new tour documentary, Planes, Trains and Eric, on DVD, Blu-Ray and other digital formats on November 4th. The new concert film chronicles the Far and Middle Eastern leg of Clapton's 2014 tour and includes 13...

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Tom Petty Scores First Number One Album in 38-Year Career

August 6, 2014

Music-business quiz time! Album sales are down _____ percent. Track sales are down _____ percent. If you answered the same depressing numbers (15 and 13, respectively) that have been true pretty much all year, well done — you've been reading way...

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Eric Clapton Taps John Mayer, Mark Knopfler for JJ Cale Covers

July 22, 2014

UPDATE: iTunes is now streaming Clapton's album on First Play.  Eric Clapton is at the helm of two new collaborative tracks from The Breeze, his upcoming tribute to the late blues legend, JJ Cale, "Train to Nowhere" and "Don't Wait," both...

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The Lion in Winter: A Tribute to Johnny Winter

July 17, 2014

Legendary blues musician Johnny Winter died in his hotel room in Zurich, Switzerland, on July 16th at 70 years old. There are plenty of reasons why that's notable — Winter was one of the first blues rock guitar virtuosos, releasing a string of popular...

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Taylor Swift Cancels Thailand Concert

May 27, 2014

Taylor Swift has canceled what would have been her first show in Thailand following a military coup in the country last week, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "I'm sending my love to the fans in Thailand," Swift wrote on Twitter. "I'm so sad about...

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Eric Clapton Honors JJ Cale With New Tribute LP

April 30, 2014

JJ Cale is one of rock's unsung heroes, and Eric Clapton wants to change that with a new Cale tribute album called The Breeze, An Appreciation of JJ Cale, out July 29th on Clapton's Bushbranch Records/Surfdog Records. The LP, credited to "Eric...

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Jonny Two Bags Puts 'One Foot in the Gutter'

January 15, 2014

Social Distortion guitarist Jonny Two Bags steps out on his own for his unexpectedly strong debut album, Salvation Town, which is due April 1st.  In advance of his offering, the man born Jonny Wickersham serves up a welcome stylistic turn with...

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Eric Clapton Covers JJ Cale's 'Cajun Moon'

July 21, 2014

UPDATE: iTunes is now streaming Clapton's album on First Play. On July 29th, Eric Clapton is releasing The Breeze, an LP of songs originally recorded by recently deceased southern guitar hero JJ Cale. Although the former Cream guitarist...

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Clapton at the Crossroads: 'The Guitar Is in Safe Hands'

July 16, 2014

Eric Clapton was fishing in the English countryside last summer when he got a text: Singer-guitarist-songwriter JJ Cale had died. "I just sat by the river," Clapton recalls. "I heard myself every now and then let out this low moan, like pain. It was deep."...

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Eric Clapton Says Touring is 'Unbearable'

June 27, 2014

Eric Clapton may not be long for the road. In a new interview with Uncut magazine, the legendary guitarist said he is considering curtailing his touring efforts going forward."The road has become unbearable," he said. "It's become unapproachable, because...

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Hear an Unreleased Eric Clapton Song From 1995

May 14, 2014

Tim Duffy has devoted the last two decades of his life to the Music Maker Relief Foundation, a non-profit that helps musicians in the South that have fallen on hard times. In late 1995, around the time the organization launched, he found himself in a...

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Jazz Fest 2014, First Weekend: A Personal Top 10

May 1, 2014

As I write this, the gates are open for the second weekend of the 2014 edition of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, but the music has not yet started. I usually don't arrive that early. I typically walk in to a warm, resounding cacophony already...

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Inside Clapton's Druggiest Sessions

March 11, 2014

The excellent 2010 doc Eric Clapton: The 1960s Review told the story of the guitarist’s decade-long rise. Its follow-up, The 1970s Review, picks up in uncertain times, tracking how Clapton’s encounters with artists like Bob Dylan and the Band...

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Clapton and Springsteen Top Jazz Fest Lineup

January 14, 2014

As the locals would say, "Yeah you right!" Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, Phish, Arcade Fire, Santana and Christina Aguilera are some of the big names set to play this year's New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the 45th annual. The event, spread...

2013

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B.B. King Holds a Superstar Jam

December 19, 2013

The 1987 Cinemax concert special A Blues Session: B.B. King and Friends kicked off with one of the single most star-packed jam sessions ever held outside the annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan,...

Album Review

Give Me Strength: The '74/'75 Studio Recordings

December 10, 2013

Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs was Eric Clapton's Icarus flight. His next three albums – 461 Ocean Boulevard, There's One in Every Crowd and the live E.C. Was Here – were outpatient clinics, where he rebuilt himself and his music after...

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