Musically stripped down to a primary four piece that includes Clapton on guitars, drummer Steve Gadd, bassist Nathan East and harmonica ace Jerry Portnoy (himself a legendary member of the Muddy Waters Blues Band), Me And Mr Johnson is an inspiring and fun collection of songs that comes a decade after the release of his all-blues covers' collection From The Cradle. Additional musical support comes from Billy Preston on organ and piano, guitarists Andy Fairweather Low and Doyle Bramhall II, and Jim Keltner on drums on one song.
Some of these Johnson covers we’ve come to be familiar with like Keb Mo’s cover of “Come On In My Kitchen,” and the Rolling Stones’ historic “Love In Vain.” Clapton covers both of these on this new album, along with excellent versions of “Hell Hound On My Trail,” “They’re Red Hot,” and “Stop Breakin’ Down Blues,” Clapton proves once again he is standing tall at the crossroads of rock and blues.
Written by Bruce Warren
Release Date: 3/30/2004
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