On my last night at this year's SXSW, I was a guest at a very private party — a surprise sixtieth-birthday bash for Bobby Whitlock, who was, for a time, at the center of everything as a vocal-keyboards sidekick with Eric Clapton in Delaney and Bonnie and Friends, on George Harrison's All Things Must Pass and as the Memphis-soul factor in Derek and the Dominos. By the end of that party, Whitlock, now living in Austin, was handing out presents at a piano, singing the Dominos' "Bell Bottom Blues" and playing the famous instrumental coda to "Layla." Whitlock and his wife, singer-saxophonist CoCo Carmel, close their fine new record, Lovers (Monney Productions), with a version of "Layla" that is part slow dance, part rave-up. But it is the combined heat of Whitlock's rugged white-Dixie-R&B howl and Carmel's gospel-siren vocals in new songs such as "Best Days of Our Lives" and "Ain't No Other Baby" that take you right back to 1970, minus the nostalgia.
Fricke's Picks: Bobby Whitlock
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Around the Web
Cracked5 Famous Movies That Were Insane Parties Behind the Scenes
Guitar WorldTop 10 Best (and Worst) Comeback Albums of All Time
Diffuser27 Rockers Who Died at Age 27
Mental Floss33 Surprising Stories Behind Famous Songs
Screen Rant10 Decisions That Ruined Movies
Cracked5 Famous Albums You Can't Buy Anymore
- Watch Lauryn Hill's Show-Stopping 'Feeling Good' on 'Tonight Show'
- Up in the Air: Meet the Man Who Flies Around the World for Free
- Jimmy Carter: U.S. Is an 'Oligarchy With Unlimited Political Bribery'
- Foo Fighters Promise to Visit Italian Town After Viral Video
- Eminem Reveals How Drug Use Led to Weight Gain, Recovery
- 500 Greatest Albums of All Time
- Dr. Dre Details Long-Awaited 'Compton: A Soundtrack'
- 'True Detective' Recap: Burning Down the House