Eric Clapton & Friends – The Breeze (An Appreciation of JJ Cale)

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. JJ Cale’s influence on Clapton and many 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). With performances by Eric 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.”

The Breeze, An Appreciation of JJ Cale is currently available for pre-order at Amazon.

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

You may also pre-order and listen for Free for a limited time to the entire album on iTunes right here!

Exciting Santana News!

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Rod Stewart and Santana Live In Concert

Last year Santana conducted an East Coast tour with The Allman Brothers. We saw that event twice, once in New Jersey at the PAC and next in Hartford. It was a very satisfying gig with Carlos Santana jamming with Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks.

This year Santana is teaming up with Rod Stewart for a series of shows called The Voice, The Guitar, The Songs which will cover the U.S. and Canada markets.

I like the two superstars on one card. Rod Stewart is the first rock headline vocalist I ever saw at The Fillmore East way back in 1969. Rod Stewart appeared as the lead singer for The Jeff Beck Group. I loved the contrast of Rod Stewart ever the dandy set against two excellent guitarists, Jeff Beck and Ron Wood.

I have been eager to see Rod Stewart perform live with a stellar guitarist. I trust Rod Stewart will collaborate with Carlos Santana.

Cover Art, Release Date for Corazon

I love the art and graphic design that accents Santana’s recordings.  I wrote about Santana Art and Artists in 2012. The vibrant electric colors are strikingly evident on the forthcoming Corazon recording.

The concept for Corazon was conceived and designed by Boa Mistura, an art collective based in Madrid, Spain that works primarily on public art pieces, developing projects in South Africa, Norway, Berlin, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. For more information visit Boa Mistura’s Web site.

The Corazon album release date is May 6th on the RCA/SONY LATIN IBERIA Label.

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Do I Look Worried – Tedeschi Trucks Band

I was watching CBS This Morning Saturday Edition. Anthony Mason, the co-host mentioned that the musical guest would be the Tedeschi Trucks Band (TTB). I stay tuned in to watch TTB do, “Do I Look Worried” from their latest album Made Up Mind. 

I’ve owned Made Up Mind since it was released on August 20, 2013. I play it from time to time. I was appreciating the fact that TTB is still working this recording as part of their appearances. Today’s performance solidified the recording in the music of our heart.

The song “Do I Look Worried” was written with John Leventhal who is married to Rosanne Cash. John Leventhal is an excellent songwriter, guitarist and arranger. He plays a principal role in the success of Rosanne Cash’s latest hit recording, The River & The Thread. Derek Trucks returns the favor to John Leventhal by playing on their track, “World of Strange Design”.

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Blessed Are The Peacemakers

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God Matthew 5:9

A warm round of applause to Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi for extending the offer to jam with Dickey Betts this past Saturday night at the Beacon Theatre in NYC. Betts sat in for takes on the Allman’s “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” and “Blue Sky” towards the end of TTB’s set, before returning in the encore for “The Sky Is Crying.”

 

 

Santana Band, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi – Make Somebody Happy

I love this song by Santana. I know Carlos Santana truly enjoys hanging and playing with Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi live.

I have seen Derek Trucks play with Carlos Santana at Mohegan Sun in 2008 and then twice last year when Santana played with The Allman Bros. Band in New Jersey and Hartford. Each performance was moving.

This collaboration is my favorite as it features husband and wife, Derek Trucks with Susan Tedeschi in, “Make Somebody Happy”, written by Carlos Santana and Alex Ligertwood. Performed in July 2011 at Montreux.

SANTANA Live At Auditorium Stravinski,
Montreux Jazz Festival Switzerland
July 2, 2011

Line up :

Carlos Santana – Lead Guitar & Vocals
Raul Rekow – Congas, Percussion & Vocals
Karl Perazzo – Percussion & Vocals
Benny Rietveld – Bass
Dennis Chambers – Drums
Tony Lindsay – Vocals
Andy Vargas – Vocals
Bill Ortiz – Trumpet
Jeff Creesman – Trombone
Tommy Anthony – Guitar & Vocals
David K. Mathews – Keyboards

Featuring Susan Tedeschi & Derek Trucks

Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013 – Special One Night Event, Tuesday August 13th

The indoor edition of Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013 arrives in select cinemas nationwide for a special one night event this Tuesday, August 13 at 7:30pm (local time)!

For tickets and the cinema near you go to: http://www.fathomevents.com/#!clapton-crossroads

The cinema event will include exclusive video from this year’s legendary guitar festival including behind-the-scenes footage at Madison Square Garden.

Performing Artists: Allman Brothers Band, Blake Mills, Booker T., Buddy Guy, Derek Trucks, Doyle Bramhall II, Eric Clapton, Gary Clark Jr., Gregg Allman, Jeff Beck, John Mayer, Keith Richards, Keith Urban, Los Lobos, Robert Cray, Sonny Landreth, Vince Gill, Warren Haynes

Tedeschi Trucks Band – Made Up Mind

The second studio album from the stellar Tedeschi Trucks Band is in the can and will be released August 20th, 2013. It is titled Made Up Mind. I genuinely love what this 11 piece ensemble delivers so I am eager to hear some initial cuts. I can see from their recent set lists these songs are being played live 😉

All I can tell you now is what the news release states:

The product is an energetic, powerful album that is both timeless and characteristically difficult to classify.

Made Up Mind
Produced by Jim Scott and Derek Trucks

1) Made Up Mind
2) Do I Look Worried
3) Idle Wind
4) Misunderstood
5) Part of Me
6) Whiskey Legs
7) It’s So Heavy
8) All That I Need
9) Sweet and Low
10) The Storm
11) Calling Out To You

Ain’t No Use – Tedeschi Trucks Band

One of the most highly underrated musical acts performing live today is the Tedeschi Trucks Band. They are musically deceptive and clever all at the same time.

Watch as Tedeschi Trucks Band performs The Meters classic “Ain’t No Use” with George Porter Jr. on bass at the Keswick Theatre in Philadelphia, 11.28.2012.

One of my favorite concert photographers Dino Perrucci captured their performance through his inimitable lens.

For those of you who love the new SoundCloud here is the TTB HTML5 edition.

East Coast Shape Shifter Tour 2012, Co-Headliners Santana and The Allman Brothers Band

Santana and The Allman Brothers Band will be co-headlining a six date East Coast tour this summer. They have a tour stop in Connecticut at the Comcast Theatre, Hartford, Ct. on Saturday July 28, 2012. Imagine the guitar wizardry of Carlos Santana, Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks all on the same stage on one night. We’ll all be shape shifting for sure.

Speaking of Shape Shifter, the date draws closer for the May 15 release of Shape Shifter the recording. Here is the video, inside the making of Shape Shifter.

Tedeschi Trucks Band Live: Everybody’s Talkin Pre-Order and Contest

The Tedeschi Trucks Band(TTB) is accepting pre-orders for the Tedeschi Trucks Band Live: Everybody’s Talkin CD through the Music Today Web Site. We saw TTB live last year at The Klein in Bridgeport, Ct. They were recording through the sound board that night. TTB was one of the top 5 concerts of the 37 shows we attended in 2011.

I just placed my order for the CD. I was additionally incented to do so by the contest they are sponsoring. The Grand Prize for the pre-order contest (no purchase is necessary by the way, is a Gibson SG Special guitar signed by Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi,  a VIP concert package including two tickets to a headline Tedeschi Trucks Band show, and a meet and greet with the band. (Love to win this prize…).

Second prize is a signed vinyl edition of Everybody’s Talkin’.

It just so happens that the songs Everybody’s Talkin’, Darlin’ Be Home Soon, That Did It, and Wade In the Water were recorded at our concert on October 29, 2011 @ The Klein in Bridgeport, CT.

TRACK LISTING:
  DISC 1

  1. Everybody’s Talkin’
  2. Midnight in Harlem

(Swamp Raga Intro with

    Little Martha)

  1. Learn How to Love
  2. Bound for Glory
  3. Rollin’ and Tumblin’
  4. Nobody’s Free
  5. Darlin’ Be Home Soon
  DISC 2

  1. That Did It
  2. Uptight
  3. Love Has Something Else to Say
    (With Kissing My Love)
  4. Wade in the Water

EXCLUSIVE BONUS DOWNLOAD
WITH PRE-ORDER:

    Simple Song / Take You Higher
    Extended 11 minute live version.