Editors’ Notes Eric Clapton taps a wide-ranging roster of big names—including Dire Straits’ frontman Mark Knopfler, Tom Petty, and fiery blues guitarist Derek Trucks, among them—to cover the slow-burning tunes of pioneering songwriter JJ Cale. But the magic of The Breeze (An Appreciation of JJ Cale) lies not in star power, but cool-handed consistency. Clapton and company draw on material from Cale’s four-decade career to illustrate the country-inflected roots rock that defines the so-called Tulsa Sound that Cale helped create. Along the way, Clapton and Petty groove through a dusky version of “Rock & Roll Records,” John Mayer plays a reggae-tinted “Lies,” and Willie Nelson croons Cale’s lovely “Songbird.” Many of the album’s other highlights come from Cale’s former bandmate and fellow Tulsa guitarist/songwriter Don White, who plays with Knopfler and Clapton on a shuffling rendition of “Train to Nowhere.” Christine Lakeland and Derek Trucks close the tribute with a sublime reading of “Crying Eyes."

SONG
Call Me the Breeze
1
3:06
 
Rock & Roll Records (feat. Tom Petty)
2
2:19
 
Someday (feat. Mark Knopfler)
3
3:48
 
Lies (feat. John Mayer)
4
3:06
 
Sensitive Kind (feat. Don White)
5
5:17
 
Cajun Moon
6
2:27
 
Magnolia (feat. John Mayer)
7
3:41
 
I Got the Same Old Blues (feat. Tom Petty)
8
3:02
 
Songbird (feat. Willie Nelson)
9
2:55
 
Since You Said Goodbye
10
3:00
 
I'll Be There (If You Ever Want Me) [feat. Don White]
11
2:36
 
The Old Man and Me (feat. Tom Petty)
12
2:56
 
Train to Nowhere (feat. Mark Knopfler & Don White)
13
4:51
 
Starbound (feat. Willie Nelson & Derek Trucks)
14
2:03
 
Don't Wait (feat. John Mayer)
15
2:46
 
Crying Eyes (feat. Christine Lakeland & Derek Trucks)
16
3:30
 

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