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J.J. Cale & Eric Clapton: Icons in Tandem

In a collaboration ages in the making, iconic guitarists Eric Clapton and J.J. Cale recently released The Road to Escondido, a mix of rock, country, folk and blues which still retains the fingerprints of both musicians.

Cale has been an inspiration to Clapton for decades, particularly since the latter embarked on a solo career after his stints in The Yardbirds, Cream and Blind Faith. Clapton has even covered two of Cale's songs — "After Midnight" and "Cocaine" — while Cale's works have been covered by Johnny Cash, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Allman Brothers, Santana and more.

The disc features 11 songs written by Cale, one by Clapton and one by John Mayer, as well as a classic blues cover. It was released in November, and features guest performances from Mayer, Taj Mahal, Derek Trucks and Billy Preston, among others.

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David Dye is a longtime Philadelphia radio personality whose music enthusiasm has captivated listeners of World Cafe® since 1991. World Cafe is produced by WXPN, the public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania.