Eric Clapton will release his 23rd solo album, “I Still Do”, this spring.
The singer is currently working with director Glyn Johns, who has formerly collaborated with the Rolling Stones, Eagles and Led Zeppelin and on Clapton’s own 1977 Slowhand, home of the singles “Cocaine,” “Wonderful Tonight” and “Lay Down Sally.” The new album will be presented on May 20 via Clapton’s own Bushbranch imprint, in collaboration with Surfdog Records.
“This was a long and much delayed chance to cooperate with Glyn Johns once again, and by the way, the 40th anniversary of Slowhand,” blues singer stated in the interview.
Several of the tracks on I Still Do album are Clapton originals. The musicians on the record feature several who have collaborated with Clapton before, such as drummer Henry Spinetti, bassist Dave Bronze, guitarist Andy Fairweather Low and organist Paul Carrack, and so on.
The album art highlights an image of Clapton by artist Sir Peter Blake, who formerly co-designed the sleeve for the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the Who’s Face Dances and some others.
“I Still Do” album comes after the Clapton’s 2014 record Eric Clapton & Friends: The Breeze, An Appreciation of JJ Cale. Clapton told Rolling Stone that year that he was considering on composing and recording one more LP when head discovered about the death of Cale, a singer and songwriter, in 2013.
“I always play something unknown for me,” he explained of his guitar habits at the time. “I no longer practice things that are well-known to me except when I’m preparing to do live work. Usually, it is something abstract, like taking a pencil and paper and sketching what is in front of me. It is improvised, always.