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Eric Clapton's JJ Cale Tribute (Out Tomorrow, July 29) Receives Major Media Accolades From NPR, New York Times, Associated Press and Tops Amazon Chart

July 28, 2014

Eric Clapton & Friends' "The Breeze, An Appreciation of JJ Cale" garnered significant media praise over the weekend, which included Clapton's NPR interview as well as major pieces in The New York Times and Associated Press wire service. This is in addition to continued VH1 Classic and Palladia airings of the album's behind the scenes documentary which premiered on VH1 Classic this past Friday, July 26 (see below for rerun schedule). The album currently ranks #1 on the Amazon CD Sales Chart and can be purchased here (with a free MP3 download included with your CD/LP purchase). Today is the last day for US fans to pre-stream the full tribute album for free on iTunes .


VH1 Classic to Premiere Full Documentary for The Breeze - An Appreciation of JJ Cale on 7/25/14, Plus Additional Airings on Palladia

July, 2014

The full documentary for The Breeze - An Appreciation of JJ Cale by Eric Clapton will premiere on VH1 Classic on July 25, 2014 at 9:00pm ET. This behind the scenes look at Eric's tribute to JJ Cale features interviews with Eric, John Mayer, Mark Knopfler, Derek Trucks, Don White, Christine Lakeland and more. The documentary will also air on Palladia starting July 26 at 9:00pm.


VH1 Classic
7/25/2014 09:00 PM Friday
7/25/2014 02:30 AM Friday (7/26, Saturday)
7/26/2014 07:30 PM Saturday
7/27/2014 03:30 PM Sunday
7/27/2014 11:30 PM Sunday
7/28/2014 05:30 PM Monday
8/03/2014 10:30 PM Sunday
8/06/2014 11:00 PM Wednesday

7/26/2014 09:00 PM Saturday
7/26/2014 12:00 AM Saturday (7/27, Sunday)
7/27/2014 06:00 PM Sunday
7/28/2014 02:30 PM Monday
7/29/2014 09:00 PM Tuesday
7/31/2014 12:00 AM Thursday (8/1, Friday)
8/01/2014 09:00 AM Friday
8/06/2014 07:30 PM Wednesday


The Breeze - An Appreciation of JJ Cale Is Now Available to Stream in Full for Free on iTunes for a Limited Time

July 22, 2014

The Breeze - An Appreciation of JJ Cale by Eric Clapton & Friends is now available to stream in full via iTunes First Play for a limited time. See to listen to the entire CD featuring Tom Petty, John Mayer, Mark Knopfler, Willie Nelson, Don White, Derek Trucks, Christine Lakeland and more. 


Rolling Stone Premieres Clapton's Cover of "Cajun Moon"

July 21, 2014

Rolling Stone has just premiered Eric Clapton's cover of JJ Cale's "Cajun Moon", the second track from Clapton's upcoming tribute CD to Cale, The Breeze - An Appreciation of JJ Cale, out July 29, 2014. See for the Rolling Stone premiere and to stream the song.


The Breeze Mini Documentary

July 17, 2014

Here is another wonderful piece on JJ Cale. Watch this mini documentary in support of “Eric Clapton & Friends "The Breeze - An Appreciation of JJ Cale". The CD is out July 29 and this mini doc is premiering exclusively at Amazon in the meantime. And Thanks again to Eric Clapton for such a sincere and touching tribute to his friend, JJ Cale. Watch it at Amazon Front Row


Available For Pre-Order Now: Deluxe Edition CD Set and Special Edition 4 LP Set for The Breeze, An Appreciation of JJ Cale by Eric Clapton & Friends

July 21, 2014

The Deluxe Edition CD and Special Edition 4 LP Sets for The Breeze, An Appreciation of JJ Cale by Eric Clapton & Friends are available for pre-order now. Both of these packages also include JJ Cale's original versions of all the songs on the new tribute including 3 of Cale's previously unreleased tracks. In addition to all the songs on the new tribute CD, JJ Cale's original version of "After Midnight" (prior to the version released on Naturally") is included here as a special bonus track.

“Call Me The Breeze” JJ Cale Tribute Video

June 26, 2014

Eric Clapton has created a very moving video tribute to his friend, JJ Cale. Cale himself stated "Thank God for Eric Clapton" and with this sincere and powerful tribute for "Call Me The Breeze", he proves once again why JJ Cale was so grateful. This is the lead track from the upcoming CD out July 29, The Breeze, An Appreciation of JJ Cale by Eric Clapton & Friends (Tom Petty, John Mayer, Willie Nelson, Mark Knopfler, Don White, Derek Trucks, Albert Lee, David Lindley, Reggie Young, Jim Keltner, Nathan East, Christine Lakeland, Greg Leisz, Doyle Bramhall II, Walt Richmond, Simon Climie, Don Preston and many more). See pre-order details directly to the left of this post.


Eric Clapton Releases New Lyric Video for JJ Cale's "Call Me The Breeze"

July 7, 2014

Eric Clapton has just released his new lyric video for "Call Me The Breeze", the first single off Clapton's upcoming tribute, The Breeze, An Appreciation of JJ Cale, out on 7/29/14 and available for pre-order now.

The lead track on the CD, "Call Me The Breeze" pays tribute from the very start by using Cale's own voice counting off the song as sampled / licensed from his 1972 debut album, Naturally. After that unique tribute within a tribute, Clapton and Special Guest Albert Lee then kick in with their new version of the iconic tune. "Call Me The Breeze" became one of Cale's most popular songs of all time in the wake of Lynyrd Skynyrd's hit version which reached #12 on the Billboard album charts. Johnny Cash, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, John Mayer and many others have also performed or recorded covers of this timeless treasure.

Eric Clapton Honors JJ Cale's Legacy With Upcoming Tribute Album

April 30, 2014

Rolling Stone proclaims "JJ Cale is one of rock's unsung heroes, and Eric Clapton wants to change that with a new Cale tribute album called The Breeze, An Appreciation of JJ Cale." The album features a beyond impressive lineup of Cale-inspired musicians in addition to Clapton including Tom Petty, John Mayer, Mark Knopfler, Willie Nelson, Derek Trucks, Don White, David Lindley, Greg Leisz, Nathan East, Albert Lee and Jim Keltner. The album is scheduled for a July 29, 2014 release, just three days after the first anniversary of Cale's passing on July 26, 2013.


Eric Clapton has often stated that JJ Cale is one of the single most important figures in rock history, a sentiment echoed by many of his fellow musicians. Cale's influence on Clapton was profound, and his influence on many more of today's artists cannot be understated. To honor JJ's legacy, a year after his passing, Clapton gathered a group of like-minded friends and musicians for Eric Clapton & Friends: The Breeze, An Appreciation of JJ Cale scheduled to be released July 29, 2014. With performances by Clapton, Mark Knopfler, John Mayer, Willie Nelson, Tom Petty, Derek Trucks and Don White, the album features 16 beloved JJ Cale songs and is named for the 1972 single "Call Me The Breeze."

"I would like people to tap into what JJ Cale did - that's the point. 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," said Clapton.

After years admiring JJ Cale's work and covering several of his songs such as "After Midnight" and "Cocaine", Clapton finally collaborated with Cale for the first time in his career on the 2006 original album Road to Escondido. At the time, Clapton said "This is the realization of what may have been my last ambition, to work with the man whose music has inspired me for as long as I can remember."

JJ Cale's music consistently defied being labeled into any one category, but instead found influences across the spectrum of blues, rock, country and folk. A hybrid sound that has influenced a long list of artists. He was known for being reclusive. He let his music speak for itself and by his own choice never became famous in the conventional terms of the word. Instead, he preferred to shun the spotlight for a more simple existence based on his musical creations. Ironically, doing just that, and focusing on music, turned him into a guitar legend.

Cale grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma and cited Chet Atkins, Les Paul and Chuck Berry as some of his earliest influences. He was often quoted as saying, "In trying to imitate them, I missed it. And I came up with my own kinda thing." And so, Cale began playing the local Tulsa club scene in the early 1950's surrounded by other natives such as David Gates (Bread) and Leon Russell. After moving to Los Angeles in the mid-60's, he recorded the song "After Midnight."

Already an accomplished guitarist with bands such as the Yardbirds, Cream and Blind Faith, Clapton ventured to a solo career with the release of his 1970 self-titled Eric Clapton album. Mutual friend Delaney Bramlett had given Clapton a copy of Cale's song "After Midnight." Clapton decided to cover the song and it was the first single from the album. The song became a chart-topping success. Clapton was quick to offer praise for Cale's work while promoting the album. Cale had been told of the cover but said that he didn't pay much attention until the song came on the radio in Tulsa.

Years later, in April 1976, Cale was performing at London's Hammersmith Odeon in support of his Troubadour album release. Clapton sat in on the performance and later during that trip surprised Cale in the studio with a version of "Cocaine" that would appear on his 1977 Slowhand release. Again becoming a chart-topping success.

In 2004 Clapton was organizing a guitar festival called Crossroads that would be a 3-day event featuring the world's most elite guitarists. Clapton invited Cale to perform at the first Crossroads Guitar Festival and Cale agreed to attend. Cale went on to also attend the 2004 Crossroads Guitar festival where Clapton proudly sat in as a member of his band.

Cale's entire 40-plus year career produced only 15 albums. Lauded by his peers and completely unfazed by musical fads, JJ Cale is an American icon, a craftsman like no other.

Clapton's career, also spanning more than 50 years, has resulted in 18 Grammy Awards and the distinct honor of being the only triple inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

The Breeze will be available JULY 29, 2014

1. Call Me The Breeze (Vocals Eric Clapton) 
2. Rock And Roll Records (Vocals Eric Clapton & Tom Petty) 
3. Someday (Vocals Mark Knopfler) 
4. Lies (Vocals John Mayer & Eric Clapton) 
5. Sensitive Kind (Vocals Don White) 
6. Cajun Moon (Vocals Eric Clapton) 
7. Magnolia (Vocals John Mayer) 
8. I Got The Same Old Blues (Vocals Tom Petty & Eric Clapton) 
9. Songbird (Vocals Willie Nelson & Eric Clapton) 
10. Since You Said Goodbye (Vocals Eric Clapton) 
11. I'll Be There (If You Ever Want Me) (Vocals Don White & Eric Clapton) 
12. The Old Man And Me (Vocals Tom Petty) 
13. Train To Nowhere (Vocals Mark Knopfler, Don White & Eric Clapton) 
14. Starbound (Vocals Willie Nelson) 
15. Don't Wait (Vocals Eric Clapton & John Mayer) 
16. Crying Eyes (Vocals Eric Clapton & Christine Lakeland)

Keys - Hammond Organ, Piano & Wurlitzer
Walt Richmond & Simon Climie 
Drum Programming & Percussion
Simon Climie 
Bass Nathan East 
Drums Jim Keltner 
Eric Clapton (All tracks) 
Mark Knopfler (Tracks 3 & 13) 
John Mayer (Tracks 4, 7 & 15) 
Willie Nelson (Tracks 9 & 14) 
Don White (Tracks 3, 5 & 13) 
Reggie Young (Tracks 2, 6 & 8) 
Derek Trucks (Tracks 14 & 16) 
Albert Lee (Tracks 1 & 11) 
David Lindley (Tracks 9 & 16) 
Don Preston (Track 3 & 13) 
Christine Lakeland (Track 3) 
Doyle Bramhall II (Track 10) 
Pedal Steel Guitar
Greg Leisz (Track 12 & 14) 
Eric Clapton (Track 11) 
Jimmy Markham (Track 13) 
Mickey Raphael (Tracks 3, 9 & 14) 
Backing Vocals
Michelle John (Tracks 4, 5 & 9) 
Sharon White(Tracks 4, 5 & 9) 
Christine Lakeland (Tracks 13 & 15) 
Simon Climie (Track 9) 
Additional Drums
James Cruce 
Jim Karstein 
Jamie Oldaker 
David Teegarden 
Satnam Ramgotra (Tablas)

Produced by: 
Eric Clapton 
Simon Climie


2019-04 Record Store Day
2019-03 First-ever vinyl pressings - Out April 26th
2018-10 New Album Coming Soon!
2017-11 New JJ Cale T-shirts
2017-10 RIP Tom Petty
2017-03 Live In San Diego
2016-06 3 Original Albums
2016-05 Clapton Collection, I Still Do

2015-10 The Breeze Wins Downbeat Reader's Poll
2015-02 The Breeze Wins Vintage Guitar Reader's Poll
2014-12 Happy Birthday JJ Cale
2014-11 Oklahoma Music Hall Of Fame Induction
2014-08 "Call Me The Breeze" Caps
2014-08 Eric Clapton Discusses The Breeze
2014-08 Appreciation Of Eric Clapton
2014-07 "Call Me The Breeze" Starbucks Pick

2014-07 The Breeze featured on NPR NYTimes AP
2014-07 The Breeze Documentary on VH1 Classic
2014-07 The Breeze Streaming on iTunes
2014-07 Cajun Moon Premiered on Rolling Stone
2014-07 The Breeze Mini Documentary
2014-07 The Breeze Deluxe and Special Edition
2014-06 Eric Clapton's JJ Cale Tribute Video
2014-06 "Call Me The Breeze" Official Lyric Video
2014-04 The Breeze Official Press Release


2013-12 NY Times Op Doc
2013-11 Oklahoma Jazz Hall Of Fame
2013-06 JJ Cale Has Passed Away
2013-04 Classic Album-Selection
2013-03 "Angel" Featured In Clapton's Old-Sock
2012-09 Neil Young's Waging Heavy Peace
2011-06 Nashville Songwriters HOF Nomination
2011-02 The Silverton Years
2010-09 JJ Cale Featured In Clapton's New Album

2010-05 "Travelin' Light" Played In Space
2010-03 American Routes Interview
2009-09 Filter Magazine Interview
2009-06 Clapton/Winwood Live From MSG features Cale songs
2009-04 JJ Cale Tour Highlights
2009-03 Roll On Euro Release
2009-03 "JJ Cale Is Our Hero"
2009-02 JJ Cale Tour Announced
2009-02 Roll On Released