Eric Clapton Joins JJ Cale in Dallas
Eric Clapton joined JJ Cale for Cale's entire set Saturday night (June 6, 2004) at the Crossroads Guitar Festival in Dallas. Songs featured included Cale's "Call Me The Breeze", "Ride Me High" and three more songs written by Cale and covered by Clapton. Cale introduced the first of those by saying here's a song that both Eric and I have recorded, "Cocaine". Other Cale songs covered by Clapton that they played included "After Midnight" and "Travelin' Light". This was the very first time the two artists have appeared on stage together in North America.
Cale is in the midst of a US tour in support of his new CD, To Tulsa And Back.
Rosebuds Gather For Clapton Benefit
Among the artists featured at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival in Dallas June 4-6 are several Rosebud artists. JJ Cale (whose songs "After Midnight" and "Cocaine" are among Clapton's biggest hits) will perform Saturday night. Robert Cray who co-wrote "Old Love" with Eric after Eric had covered Cray's "Bad Influence", will appear in an all star jam Saturday night with Eric, Buddy Guy and Jimmie Vaughan. Cray appears again Sunday in the Cotton Bowl with The Robert Cray Band. Also on the festival are Johnny A., performing early Sunday and Duke Robillard who performs as part of a blues clinic with Robert Jr. Lockwood and Honeyboy Edwards. Booker T. Jones will also perform along with the MGs during the Cotton Bowl show. The event is a benefit for Crossroads Rehabilitation Clinic in Antigua.
JJ Cale's First Studio CD In 8 Years & On Tour Now
JJ Cale is set to release his first studio CD in 8 years, To Tulsa And Back, on June 8. In conjunction with the release of the new CD, Cale is hitting the road across the United States and Canada (see tour dates). One key date is a performance at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival. Two of Clapton's biggest hits, "Cocaine" and "After Midnight" (along with other Cale covers by EC "I'll Make Love To You Anytime" and "Travelin' Light") were written by Cale. When asked in the June issue of Vanity Fair what living person he most admired, Clapton answered, JJ Cale.