Eric Clapton’s next album will pay tribute to one of his heroes and friends, the legendary JJ Cale. Titled The Breeze: An Appreciation Of JJ Cale, the album will come out on July 29th through Clapton’s own Bushbranch Records.
The star-studded album features the likes of Tom Petty, John Mayer, Willie Nelson, Derek Trucks, and Mark Knopfler paying tribute to Cale, who passed away last year at the age of 74. “I would like people to tap into what JJ Cale did – that’s the point,” Clapton said in a statement accompanying the album announcement. “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.”
Clapton’s career has had many ties to Cale: two of Clapton’s biggest hits, “After Midnight” and “Cocaine,” were covers of Cale songs, and Cale was part of the lineup of the inaugural Crossroads Guitar Festival.