JJ Cale & Eric Clapton The Road to Escondido
CD Review by Mark Witner
this is the first recording to feature legendary guitar maestros JJ Cale
and Eric Clapton together on the same project. Cale has always had an
enormous impact on Clapton's sound and wrote 2 of his early hits
"After Midnight," from the first Clapton LP and "Cocaine,"
from 1978's "Slowhand." Now almost 30 years later, the two seasoned
musicians have joined forces to record "The Road to Escondido,"
a breezy collection of tasty, down-home-style blues and rockabilly. Cale,
who was initially slated to write and produce the album, decided to yield
his axe and make it a collaborative effort, so production duties were
turned over to Clapton's longtime producer/collaborator Simon Climie.
Although Climie's mix may seem a bit too slick and polished for the duo's
style of rootsy, blues-based music, it does work and is reminiscent of
Clapton's more soulful output from the 1970s.