Last July we said a sad goodbye to guitar great J.J. Cale, but now he’s getting a fitting memorial from fellow axe-man Eric Clapton! With a little help from luminaries like Tom Petty, John Mayer, and Willie Nelson, Clapton is releasing a tribute album for his friend entitled The Breeze, An Appreciation of JJ Cale. The album hits shelves on July 29th, but VH1 has the exclusive music video for the album opener, Clapton’s soulful cover of Cale’s “Call Me The Breeze”!
The duo’s relationship goes back to the ’70s, when Clapton brought Cale’s songs “After Midnight” and “Cocaine” to the top of the charts. In later years they shared a Grammy win for their 2006 album The Road To Escondido, and Cale guested on EC’s most recent disc, Old Sock. With The Breeze, the 69-year-old Clapton sought to keep Cale’s memory and music alive.
“I would like people to tap into what JJ Cale did – that’s the point,” he says. “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.” The star studded tribute album is available for preorder, but be sure to catch the world premiere of Slowhand’s latest music video right here!