-- Eric Clapton's star-studded JJ Cale tribute album The Breeze won't be released until this Tuesday, but you can preview a couple of tracks from the collection now at different locations on the Internet. GuitarWorld.com is hosting the exclusive premiere of "Train to Nowhere," which features contributions from ex-Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler and longtime Cale bandmate Don White. The song is one that Cale, who died in July 2013 at the age of 74, had never recorded.
Billboard.com, meanwhile, is streaming "Don't Wait," which sees Clapton teaming up with John Mayer.
The album, whose full title is Eric Clapton & Friends: The Breeze, An Appreciation of JJ Cale, boasts renditions of 16 Cale compositions, and also features such other acclaimed music artists as Tom Petty, Willie Nelson, Derek Trucks, David Lindley and Albert Lee.
Cale was a longtime friend of and musical influence on Eric. He's probably best known for writing the Clapton hits "After Midnight" and "Cocaine," and he also teamed up with Slowhand for the 2006 collaborative album, The Road to Escondido.
Meanwhile, Clapton tells Billboard that he's planning to record a number of additional unreleased and/or unfinished songs by JJ for inclusion on his own upcoming projects.
"I have to finish them. It would be wrong not to bring them to a finished point," notes Eric. "So that's the next thing. I've got time booked to finish those tracks and mix them, and then with [his widow] Christine's permission and [his manager Mike Kappus'] permission I'll put them on albums…I'll just include them in any other things I carry on doing."
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