Guitar icon and three-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Eric Clapton will release his 19th solo studio album on Sept. 28, simply titled Clapton.
Co-produced by guitarist and long-time collaborator Doyle Bramhall II, the CD features an all-star cast of musicians including the legendary JJ Cale, drummer Jim Keltner, bassist Willie Weeks, and keyboardist Walt Richmond, as well as collaborations with Steve Winwood, Wynton Marsalis, Sheryl Crow, Allen Toussaint and Derek Trucks.
Clapton created a collection that touches on everything from century-old traditional brass bands to little-known country blues to brand-new originals. The result of his first solo studio release since 2005’s Back Home is both relaxed and revelatory, and unlike anything the guitarist has done in his legendary career.
“This album wasn’t what it was intended to be at all,” says Clapton. “It’s actually better than it was meant to be because, in a way, I just let it happen. It’s an eclectic collection of songs that weren’t really on the map—and I like it so much because if it’s a surprise to the fans; that’s only because it’s a surprise to me, as well.”
Clapton’s official website is now taking pre-orders for the deluxe limited edition bundle which includes the bonus track “You Better Watch Yourself” on a 24 karat gold collectible CD, a hard cover 16-page book featuring exclusive studio photos and an 11” x 14” lithograph of Clapton’s iconic guitar “Blackie” and his printed signature. Click here to pre-order.
1 Travelin’ Alone
2 Rocking Chair
3 River Runs Deep
4 Judgement Day
5 How Deep Is The Ocean
6 My Very Good Friend The Milkman
7 Can’t Hold Out Much Longer
8 That’s No Way To Get Along
9 Everything Will Be Alright
10 Diamonds Made From Rain*
11 When Somebody Thinks You’re Wonderful
12 Hard Times Blues
13 Run Back To Your Side
14 Autumn Leaves
15. You Better Watch Yourself (Bonus Track on Deluxe Edition)
Here’s a little taste of Clapton as we eagerly await his upcoming release: