Eric Clapton has often stated that JJ Cale is one of the single most important figures in rock history, a sentiment echoed by many of his fellow musicians. Cale's influence on Clapton was profound, and his influence on many more of today's artists cannot be overstated. To honor JJ's legacy, a year after his passing, Clapton gathered a group of like-minded friends and musicians for Eric Clapton & Friends: The Breeze, An Appreciation of JJ Cale. With performances by Clapton, Mark Knopfler, John Mayer, Willie Nelson, Tom Petty, Derek Trucks and Don White, the album features 16 beloved JJ Cale songs and is named for the 1972 single "Call Me The Breeze".
"I would like people to tap into what JJ Cale did - that's the point. I'm just the messenger; I've always felt that that's my job. I try to interpret things so that the public at large, or at least the people who listen to what I do, will become intrigued about where I got it from," said Clapton.
After years admiring JJ Cale's work and covering several of his songs such as "After Midnight" and "Cocaine", Clapton finally collaborated with Cale for the first time in his career on the 2006 original album Road to Escondido. At the time, Clapton said "This is the realisation of what may have been my last ambition, to work with the man whose music has inspired me for as long as I can remember."
1.They Call Me The Breeze (Vocals Eric Clapton)
2.Rock And Roll Records (Vocals Eric Clapton & Tom Petty)
3.Someday (Vocals Mark Knopfler)
4.Lies (Vocals John Mayer & Eric Clapton)
5.Sensitive Kind (Vocals Don White)
6.Cajun Moon (Vocals Eric Clapton)
7.Magnolia (Vocals John Mayer)
8.I Got The Same Old Blues (Vocals Tom Petty & Eric Clapton)
9.Songbird (Vocals Willie Nelson & Eric Clapton)
10.Since You Said Goodbye (Vocals Eric Clapton)
11.I'll Be There (If You Ever Want Me) (Vocals Don White & Eric Clapton)
12.The Old Man And Me (Vocals Tom Petty)
13.Train To Nowhere (Vocals Mark Knopfler, Don White & Eric Clapton)
14.Starbound (Vocals Willie Nelson)
15.Don't Wait (Vocals Eric Clapton & John Mayer)
16.Crying Eyes (Vocals Eric Clapton & Christine Lakeland)