The new album is a collection of some of Clapton's favorite songs spanning from his childhood to present day that highlights his vast appreciation and knowledge of music. From Leadbelly to J.J. Cale; Peter Tosh to George Gershwin; Hank Snow to Gary Moore and Taj Mahal, this record is a celebration of so many who have inspired Clapton's rich musical life.
The album explores romantic standards of the 30's, reggae, soul, rock, and includes a collaboration with Paul McCartney
, to create an experience that is quintessential Clapton.
Clapton assembled a band for the recordings consisting of longtime collaborators Steve Gadd (drums), Willie Weeks (bass) and Chris Stainton (keyboards) along with some surprise guest additions.
JJ Cale joins the song "Angel" for backing vocals and guitar, Chaka Khan joins as backing vocalist for "Get On Over", Steve Winwood on the Hammond B3 Organ on "Still Got The Blues", Paul McCartney on bass/vocals on "All of Me", and Jim Keltner on drums for "Our Love is Here To Stay".
His first album since 2010 was produced by Clapton "Doyle Bramhall II" Justin Stanley and Simon Climie, and features two new original songs "Every Little Thing" and "Gotta Get Over".
"Old Sock" will be released on Clapton's Bushbranch label, distributed through a new collaboration with SurfDog Records in the USA and Canada, and released by Polydor Records in the rest of world.
Clapton recently announced a 2013 U.S. tour that will culminate in his fourth Crossroads Guitar Festival.
The Festival, which has become legendary in its own right for hosting performances and impromptu collaborations from the world's most legendary guitar players, will take place April 12-13 for the first time at Madison Square Garden.
Eric Clapton, "Old Sock"
Release date: March 12
01. Further On Down The Road
03. The Folks Who Live On The Hill
04. Gotta Get Over
05. Till Your Well Runs Dry
06. All Of Me
07. Born To Lose
08. Still Got The Blues
09. Goodnight Irene
10. Your One and Only Man
11. Every Little Thing
12. Our Love Is Here To Stay
Thanks to HenneMusic for the report.