It's a day of big news for Eric Clapton fans. Ol' Slowhand has announced a May 20 release date for I Still Do, his 22nd studio album.
The 12-song set reunites Clapton with producer Glyn Johns, who worked with him on 1977's Slowhand and the following year's Backless; in a statement Clapton says that, "This was a long and overdue opportunity to work with Glyn again."
The track list includes a cover of Bob Dylan's "I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine," while some unreleased vocal and guitar performances by the late George Harrison -- billed as Angelo Mysterioso, the same alias he used for Cream's "Badge" -- appear on the track "I Will Be There."
The album's cover is a portrait of Clapton by esteemed British artist Peter Blake, best known for his cover design for the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Players on the album include Clapton stalwarts such as guitarist Andy Fairweather Low, singer-keyboardist Paul Carrack, bassist Dave Bronze and drummer Henry Spinetti.
I Still Do is Clapton's first set of new material since Old Sock in 2013, though he released The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale in 2014.
Don't expect to see Clapton on the road supporting the album, however; he told us two years ago that:
"I have to put a cap on the touring, yeah. It's getting too hard...It's rough out there, getting through security, getting on a plane. Anything can happen. I'm tired of it. I don't want to go anywhere anymore. When I was a kid it was easy. it was fun. Traveling was something I'd look forward to. Now I dread it -- I mean, I DREAD it."
Eric Clapton – I Still Do – Track List
- Alabama Woman Blues
- Can't Let You Do It
- I Will Be There
- Catch the Blues
- Cypress Grove
- Little Man, You've Had a Busy Day
- Stones in My Passway
- I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine
- I'll Be Alright
- Somebody's Knockin'
- I'll Be Seeing You
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.