Eric Clapton‘s mid-Eighties trifecta of studio albums, starting in 1985 with Behind the Sun followed by August, peaked in Fall 1989 with Journeyman. Thirty years on it has aged remarkably well, a combination of strong songs, superb players to support him, and a sympathetic yet discerning producer the likes of which we had […]
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This weekend Eric Clapton‘s Crossroads Guitar Festival comes full circle back to Dallas Texas where the first one was held ( Cotton Bowl 2004 ). Just some of the players scheduled to appear: Billy Gibbons, Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Guy, Gary Clark jr, Jeff Beck, Jimmie Vaughan, Joe Walsh, Peter Frampton, Robert Cray, Sheryl Crow, Sonny […]
Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood for the brief Blind Faith story In the Studio.
Eric Clapton In the Studio interview. Part one of two.
In 1967, nothing sounded quite like the songs on Cream’s “Disraeli Gears”: “Strange Brew”,”Sunshine of Your Love” (rivaled only by “Purple Haze” that same year as the most subversive single to ever penetrate Top 40 radio ); the elegant romantic falsetto of “Dance the Night Away”; and the psychedelic lyrics of “Tales of Brave Ulysses” absolutely mesmerized me with each repeated playing.
One of the most unlikely reunions in rock history wrapped up May 6 2005 when Cream performed the final of four nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
This portion of my in-depth interview with Eric Clapton is gut-wrenching, heartbreaking, yet ultimately life affirming. It finds the acclaimed musician successfully in recovery after more than twenty years of substance abuse, experiencing a spiritual rebirth that can only be described as miraculous; his musical career at an all time high; and then the most […]
Presented to celebrate her birthday 11/26, this is the definitive version of “Tearing Us Apart” by Tina Turner with Eric Clapton, seemingly in a dead heat race with her band to see who could finish first!
1989 album “In Step” by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, just the mere facts are impressive. “In Step” was the Texas trio’s fourth studio album, but their first after Vaughan’s collapse and near death from substance abuse.” In Step” won a Grammy Award, one of six Vaughan amassed, while racking up the best sales of Vaughan’s lauded career because of “The House is Rockin'”,”Crossfire”, “Tightrope”,”Let Me Love You Baby”, and the stunner “Riviera Paradise”. Yet the significance of In Step as a musical statement of intent cannot be told by mere sales or awards. It can only be assessed by the friends who knew Stevie Vaughan best (Eric Clapton), the musicians who inspired him first (Buddy Guy, the late Doyle Bramhall), the players who supported him before and after recovery(Chris Layton, Tommy Shannon), the musicians who in turn Vaughan inspired (Joe Bonamassa ), and the biographer who tried to capture his lightning in a bottle (author Joe Nick Patoski). They are all In Step here In the Studio.
My second George Harrison interview that focused on his return to performing in England for the first time in over 25 years on stage at London’s Royal Albert Hall; the support of his longtime friend,Eric Clapton; and several examples of his delightful impish sense of humor.