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Clapton’s JJ Cale Tribute Album Out Now

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 12: Eric Clapton performs on stage during the 2013 Crossroads Guitar Festival at Madison Square Garden on April 12, 2013 in New York City.
Hitting stores today (July 29) is "The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale" by Eric Clapton & Friends -- a list that includes Tom Petty, Mark Knopfler, Willie Nelson, Derek Trucks and others.

The seat features 16 songs by the late Cale, though interestingly neither of the songs Clapton turned into big hits -- "After Midnight" and "Cocaine."

Clapton tells us that he idea of the tribute album came to him as he was traveling to Cale's funeral last August in California:

 "I got the news in the middle of last year that he had passed away. And I was on my way to America, anyway...and instead of doing what I was going to do, I flew to San Diego, flew to L.A. and then drove down to Escondido, in fact, and attended his funeral. And on the way there I came up with this idea. It just seemed to be a logical progression...I'd covered a lot of his songs. I'd forgotten that I had, in fact, usually put one song on an album. Every album has probably got a JJ song on it. This'd be the proper thing to do."

Clapton also included a Cale song, "Angel," on his 2013 album "Old Sock," and the two won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album for their 2006 collaboration "The Road to Escondido." Some of the Cale songs on "The Breeze," including "Songbird," "Someday" and "Train To Nowhere," have never been recorded.