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Clapton at the Crossroads: ‘The Guitar Is in Safe Hands’

Eric Clapton was fishing in the English countryside last summer when he got a text: Singer-guitarist-songwriter JJ Cale had died. “I just sat by the river,” Clapton recalls. “I heard myself every now and then let out this low moan, like pain. It was deep.” Later, on a plane to America for Cale’s memorial service, “I decided I would make this record.”