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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...


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...


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...


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."...


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...


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...


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...


Q&A: Ginger Baker on Why 'the Rolling Stones Are Not Good Musicians'

October 11, 2013

Former Cream drummer Ginger Baker's life has changed since he starred in the 2012 documentary Beware of Mr. Baker. He moved to England with his wife and teenage daughter after decades of living on a South African polo ranch with 38 horses. He also formed...


Clapton Reissuing 'Unplugged'

September 5, 2013

Eric Clapton is reissuing an expanded and remastered version of his smash acoustic album Unplugged this fall. The set includes two discs and a DVD of his entire MTV Unplugged set, as well as never-before-seen rehearsal footage.  100 Greatest...


Eric Clapton Cancels Shows Due to Back Injury

June 11, 2013

Eric Clapton has cancelled two upcoming concerts this week in Austria and Germany, citing back problems. "The concerts scheduled for Vienna (11 June) and Stuttgart (12 June) have been canceled," read a statement posted on Clapton's website this afternoon....


Crossroads 2013 Review: Friends, Apostles and Inspirations

April 15, 2013

Eric Clapton was the opening act of his own Crossroads Guitar Festival on April 12. He took the stage at New York's Madison Square Garden just before the official starting time of 7:30, as if he couldn't wait to get the night going. Seated with an acoustic...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


Eric Clapton Packs Guitar Fest Fireworks Into DVD

October 3, 2013

Eric Clapton's 2013 Crossroads Festival is set to be released as a video and audio collection this fall on Rhino Records. The festival has been held every three years since 2004, and this year took place indoors for the first time in the festival's history...


Clapton's Crossroads Fest Hits Theaters Tonight

August 13, 2013

Fans who missed out on the Crossroads Guitar Festival this past April at New York's Madison Square Garden can head to select movie theaters tonight for a special one-night-only showing of Eric Clapton's massive event. Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar...


Quinn Sullivan, 14-Year-Old Blues Prodigy, Impresses the Masters

April 23, 2013

Last week's Crossroads Guitar Festival featured blistering sets from road veterans like B.B. King, Eric Clapton and Buddy Guy, but some of the biggest cheers of the festival went to a kid who is still in middle school: 14-year-old Quinn Sullivan. The...