By: Ray Hidalgo
His new album’s title may be Old Sock, but Eric Clapton is still as fresh as ever. Set for release this March, Old Sock will feature two new original songs and Clapton’s own spin on some of his favorite tracks from other artists who have inspired him throughout his career.
The fan-professed rock god’s guitar strings will slide through genre and era, based on the tracklist. Within 10 of the 12 songs, Clapton brings back the days of tube radio through the influential jazz music of George and Ira Gershwin; he explores his blues roots with a cover of one of the genre’s greats, "Taj Mahal"; he even ventures over to some Peter Tosh reggae, among others.
Clapton also digs deep for some help from his friends. The added support of R&B singer Chaka Khan, former Blind Faith bandmate Steve Winwood, and Sir Paul McCartney gives Old Sock some serious kick.
In addition to an upcoming U.S. Spring Tour that will begin Mid-March and culminate in the Crossroads Guitar Festival in New York City a month later, the 67-year-old Clapton still has plenty of history to make. Unlike an old sock, however, he has plenty of history to remember and cherish.
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