|On the heels of a sold-out Crossroads Guitar Festival and the announcement of a major world tour, Eric Clapton has announced the release of his 21st studio album and his first album since 2010. The album, Old Sock, produced by Eric Clapton, Doyle Bramhall II, Justin Stanley and Simon Climie, features two new original songs, "Every Little Thing" and "Gotta Get Over". Old Sock will be released March 12th on Clapton's Bushbranch label, distributed through a new collaboration with Surfdog Records in the USA and Canada and released by Polydor Records in the rest of the world.|
The new album is a collection of some of Clapton's favorite songs, spanning from his childhood to present day, that highlights his vast appreciation and knowledge of music, from Leadbelly to JJ Cale; Peter Tosh to George Gershwin; Hank Snow to Gary Moore; and Taj Mahal, this record is a celebration of so many who have inspired Clapton's rich musical life. Clapton has always had a remarkable ability to recognize great songs and a gift for knowing how to uniquely interpret them, as he does on Old Sock. The album explores romantic standards of the 30s, reggae, soul, rock, and includes a standout playful collaboration with Paul McCartney, to create an experience that is quintessential Clapton.
Clapton assembled a band for the recordings consisting of longtime collaborators Steve Gadd (drums), Willie Weeks (bass), and Chris Stainton (keyboards), along with some surprise guest additions. JJ Cale joins the song"Angel" for backing vocals and guitar, Chaka Khan joins as backing vocalist for"Gotta Get Over," Steve Winwood on the Hammond B3 organ on "Still Got The Blues," Paul McCartney on bass/vocals on "All Of Me," Jim Keltner on drums for"Our Love Is Here To Stay."