The Road to Escondido – Eric Clapton – 2006


Album The Road to Escondido by Eric Clapton
Album The Road to Escondido by Eric Clapton

The Road to Escondido is a collaborative studio album by J. J. Cale and Eric Clapton, released in 2006 by Reprise Records. It features the final recordings of keyboardist Billy Preston, who died in the same year. The album is dedicated to Preston and Brian Roylance, a friend of Clapton’s. The album won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album in 2008.

The album was born out of Clapton’s admiration for Cale’s songwriting and guitar playing. Clapton had covered several of Cale’s songs in the past, such as After Midnight and Cocaine. In 2004, Clapton invited Cale to perform at the Crossroads Guitar Festival in Dallas, Texas, and asked him to produce an album for him. The two decided to record an album together, with the help of many other musicians, such as Derek Trucks, Taj Mahal, John Mayer, Doyle Bramhall II, and Albert Lee.

Escondido is a city in California, near Cale’s home at the time in Valley Center. Clapton had also owned a mansion in Escondido in the 1980s and early ’90s. The road that connects the two places is called Valley Center Road, and Cale and Clapton thought it would be a good name for the album.

The album contains 14 songs, 11 of them written by Cale and one by Clapton (Three Little Girls). The other two are covers: Sporting Life Blues by Brownie McGhee and Hard to Thrill by Clapton and Mayer. The album showcases Cale’s distinctive style of blues, rock, and Tulsa Sound, with Clapton adding his own touch of guitar mastery.


The Road to Escondido is a must-listen for fans of blues-rock and anyone who appreciates the collaboration of two musical masters. Its laid-back atmosphere, soulful melodies, and virtuosic guitar playing make it a timeless classic that continues to resonate with listeners today.


The personnel of the album The Road to Escondido by Eric Clapton and J.J. Cale, released in 2006, are as follows:

– J.J. Cale – guitar, keyboards, vocals
– Eric Clapton – guitar, vocals
– Doyle Bramhall II – guitar
– Derek Trucks – guitar
– John Mayer – guitar
– Albert Lee – guitar
– Christine Lakeland – guitar, backing vocals
– Gary Gilmore – bass
– Willie Weeks – bass
– Nathan East – bass
– Pino Palladino – bass
– Billy Preston – Hammond organ, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer
– Walt Richmond – piano
– Jim Karstein – drums, percussion
– James Cruce – drums, percussion
– Steve Jordan – drums
– Abraham Laboriel Jr. – drums
– Simon Climie – percussion
– David Teegarden – percussion
– Taj Mahal – harmonica
– Dennis Caplinger – flute
– Bruce Fowler, Marty Grebb, Steve Madaio, Jerry Peterson – horns

Source: Wikipedia

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