Eric Clapton’s Old Sock is Being Released

No, not the sweat saturated foot mittens he keeps smothered in his shoes.  His new album.  Just because Eric Clapton’s the grand daddy of guitarists around these days doesn’t mean he’s in any hurry to retire. In fact he’s just recently announced the release date of his next album Old Sock which is a tribute to the music that played a pivotal role in shaping his own musical tastes since he was a child. And now the hour is upon us where this re-imagining of his influences will be unleashed to the world.

An In Depth Look at Old Sock

Old Sock

Old Sock

Old Sock is almost entirely a cover album with the exception of two new original songs. The album will feature guest appearances from Steve Winwood (Hammond B3 on “Still Got the Blues”), JJ Cale (guitars on “Angel”), Chaka Khan (vocals on “Get On Over”), Jim Keltner (drums on “Our Love is Here to Stay”), and Paul McCartney (bass and vocals on “All of Me”) who certainly has been keeping busy with collaborations lately. The guest appearances aside Chris Stainton will cover the keyboards, Willie Weeks will hit the bass, Steve Gadd will tend to the drums, and obviously Eric Clapton will be playing the kazoo while periodically sitting on a whoopie cushion.

Old Sock is slated for release on March 12th via Clapton’s own Bushbranch label.

The Songs

Here’s a glimpse at what the track listing will look like:

01. Further On Down The Road
02. Angel
03. The Folks Who Live On The Hill
04. Gotta Get Over
05. Till Your Well Runs Dry
06. All Of Me
07. Born To Lose
08. Still Got The Blues
09. Goodnight Irene
10. Your One and Only Man
11. Every Little Thing
12. Our Love Is Here To Stay

Some of the covers actually have pretty interesting stories behind them. Take George Gershwin’s “Love is Here to Stay”. Gershwin was known for bridging the gap between classical music and the then rising jazz. He frequently collaborating with his brother Ira who had written the lyrics to this particular song as well. “Love is Here to Stay” was the last song Gershwin had composed (back in the 30s) and he had passed away before his brother had written the lyrics.

Like the Gershwin song the appearance of “Goodnight, Irene” adds Clapton to a list of artists that have covered this song as well. Written by Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter in 1933. Granted 1933 is just a rough approximation. The true origins of the inspiration stretch generously into the late 1880s.

Tour and Crossroads

In promotion of the upcoming album Eric Clapton has announced an extensive US and European tour that kicks off just after the album is released. While he’s on tour he will be swinging by the Crossroads Guitar Festival where he will join Jeff Beck, Dave Biller, Booker T, Doyle Bramhall II, the Allman Brothers, Gary Clark Jr., Citizen Cope, Robert Cray, Andy Fairweather Low, Vince Gill, John Mayer, Blake Mills, Keb’ Mo’, and Braid Paisley.

Mar 14, 2003 – US Airways Center – Phoenix, AZ
Mar 16, 2003 – Toyota Center – Houston, TX
Mar 17, 2003 – Frank Erwin Center – Austin, TX
Mar 19, 2013 – American Airlines Center – Dallas, TX
Mar 20, 2013 – Chesapeake Energy Arena – Oklahoma City, OK
Mar 22, 2013 – Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN
Mar 23, 2013 – New Orleans Arena – New Orleans, LA
Mar 26, 2013 – Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena – Jacksonville, FL
Mar 27, 2013 – Gwinnett Center – Atlanta, GA
Mar 29, 2013 – Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hotel & Casino – Hollywood, FL
Mar 30, 2013 – Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hotel & Casino – Hollywood, FL
Apr 02, 2013 – Time Warner Cable Arena – Charlotte, NC
Apr 03, 2013 – PNC Arena – Raleigh, NC
Apr 05, 2013 – Mohegan Sun Arena – Uncasville, CT
Apr 06, 2013 – Consol Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA
Apr 12, 2013 – Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Apr 13, 2013 – Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
May 09, 2013 – O2 – Dublin, Ireland
May 10, 2013 – Odyssey Arena – Belfast, Ireland
May 13, 2013 – LG Arena – Birmingham, UK
May 14, 2013 – Manchester Arena – Manchester, UK
May 17, 2013 – Royal Albert Hall – London, UK
May 18, 2013 – Royal Albert Hall – London, UK
May 20, 2013 – Royal Albert Hall – London, UK
May 21, 2013 – Royal Albert Hall – London, UK
May 23, 2013 – Royal Albert Hall – London, UK
May 24, 2013 – Royal Albert Hall – London, UK
May 26, 2013 – Royal Albert Hall – London, UK
May 29, 2013 – Festhalle – Frankfurt, Germany
May 30, 2013 – 02 World – Berlin, Germany
Jun 01, 2013 – 02 World – Hamburg, Germany
Jun 02, 2013 – Leipzig Arena – Leipzig, Germany
Jun 04, 2013 – Zalgirio Arena – Kaunas, Lithuania
Jun 05, 2013 – Riga Arena – Riga, Latvia (Latvia will rise)
Jun 07, 2013 – Poland Atlas Arena – Lodz, Poland
Jun 09, 2013 – Olympiahalle – Munich, Germany
Jun 11, 2013 – Stadthalle – Vienna, Austria
Jun 12, 2013 – Schleyerhalle – Stuttgart, Germany
Jun 14, 2013 – Koenig-Pilsener Arena – Oberhausen, Germany
Jun 15, 2013 – Lanxess Arena – Cologne, Germany
Jun 18, 2013 – Arena Nuernberger Versicherung – Nuernberg, Germany
Jun 19, 2013 – O2 Arena Prague – Prague, Czech Republic

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Kyle Smitchens is the Guitar-Muse Managing Editor, super hero extraordinaire, and all around great guy. He has been playing guitar since his late teens and writing personal biographies almost as long. An appreciator of all music, his biggest influences include Tchaikovsky, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Steve Vai, Therion, and Jon Levasseur of Cryptopsy.