It’s completely fair to suggest that George Harrison created the template for modern-day benefit concerts with his Concert for Bangladesh in 1971. And while it may be an overstatement to
A retrospect of fifty-five years provides an especially fascinating perspective on Cream’s debut album. Fresh Cream (released 12/9/66 (barely scratches the surface of the powerhouse unit this seminal power trio
By this point, Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival is basically an institution. The fourth incarnation of the event (held last spring in New York City) is documented on the new
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Everything you need to know from Night One of Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival
Surrounding himself by a large, absolutely fantastic, band, Clapton fell into his comfort zone, playing on tip-toes as the chords took over and settling back into a rhythm mode when Doyle Bramhall II or Paul Carrack took the reins. Clapton is a quiet leader, able to shine one moment, able to hide in the shadows, sans ego, sans flamboyance, another. In jeans and long-sleeved button-up shirt, he could very well just be heading out to the local Home Depot to pick up some gardening supplies. If you didn’t know this was Eric Clapton, he’d just be another you or me.
Eric Clapton has spent the better part of his solo career populating his albums with the material written by composers he admires. It would be safe thinking Clapton would devote the debut recording on his own label with a clutch of self-penned tunes, however on Old Sock, Slowhand continues in the vein of standards he mined on its predecessor Clapton.
The 35th Anniversary of Eric Clapton’s Slowhand is worth noting as largely the album that consolidated his connection with the mainstream first broached by 461 Ocean Boulevard. The 1977 release, however, did not further his status as a creative artist, but instead solidified a careerist approach to his solo work that has continued to this day.
A bevy of talented blues musicians gathered in Harlem to pay tribute to Hubert Sumlin.