Eric Clapton is among the artists featured on an upcoming charity compilation titled Blue Muse that celebrates the Music Maker Relief Foundation‘s 25th anniversary. The 21-track album, which will be released on February 1, 2019, was put together by and will raise funds for the nonprofit organization and its mission of promoting traditional Southern music by supporting musicians from the region in financial need.
Clapton has contributed a previously unreleased acoustic instrumental cover of the 1940s Willie Brown tune “Mississippi Blues” to the project. Eric recorded the track in collaboration with guitarist Tim Duffy, co-founder of the Music Maker Relief Foundation.
You can check out Clapton and Duffy’s rendition of “Mississippi Blues” at Eric’s official website.
Other artists who lent their talents to Blue Muse include folk-blues veteran Taj Mahal and Dom Flemons of the Grammy-winning folk outfit The Carolina Chocolate Drops. In addition to blues tunes, the album also features folk, soul, Appalachian and gospel music.
Last month, Clapton released his first-ever holiday album, Happy Xmas, which features reworked versions of classic yuletide songs and an original tune called “For Love on Christmas Day.” The album is available as a CD, a vinyl LP and a deluxe box set.
Here’s the track list of Blue Muse:
“La Collegiale” — The Grotto Sessions (featuring Guitar Gabriel, Ironing Board Sam, Etta Baker, Captain Luke, Alabama Slim, Neal Pattman)
“Spike Driver Blues” — Taj Mahal
“Old Black Buck” — Captain Luke
“Route 66” — Eddie Tigner
“I Got the Blues” — Alabama Slim
“Age Don’t Mean a Thing” — Robert Finley
“Polly Put the Kettle On” — Dom Flemons
“Hambone” — John Dee Holeman
“Snap Your Fingers” — Algia Mae Hinton
“I Am the Lightning” — Willie Farmer
“D.O.C. Man” — Dave McGrew
“Sweet Valentine” — Martha Spencer & Kelley Breiding
“I Wanna Boogie” — Boot Hanks with Dom Flemons
“Mississippi Blues” — Eric Clapton with Tim Duffy
“Landlord Blues” — Guitar Gabriel
“Widow Woman” — Drink Small
“Cabbage Man” — Sam Frazier Jr.
“Sing It Louder” — Cary Morin
“Loose Diamonds” — Ironing Board Sam
“I Know I’ve Been Changed” — The Branchettes
“Something Within Me” — Theotis Taylor
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