Eric Clapton has a big tribute on the way for the late, great JJ Cale, as The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale is set to be released on July 29.
Credited to Eric Clapton and Friends, the album also features Cale songs covered by the likes of Mark Knopfler, John Mayer, Willie Nelson, Tom Petty, Derek Trucks and Don White.
“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, ” said Clapton, via his official website. ”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.”
Clapton recently dropped the first track off the album, “Call Me the Breeze,” along with a corresponding lyric video. Clapton’s new version boasts contributions from guitarist Albert Lee, and you can listen below.