Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival


Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013, which took place at Madison Square garden in April, is due for release on 2DVD/2Bluray and 2CD formats on Friday, November 15.

You can read Brian Wise’s review of the Festival in The Vault: Crossroads 2013

The release includes performances by Eric Clapton, The Allman Brothers Band, Buddy Guy, Gary Clark Jr., Jeff Beck, John Mayer, Keith Richards, Los Lobos, Vince Gill and more.

Both DVD and Bluray versions feature nearly five hours of music across 45 tracks, plus conversations with the artists and other behind-the-scenes footage from this all-star concert. The 2-CD set and digital download will be released on the same day as the videos.

For his triennial fundraiser, Clapton once again assembled a line up of some the world’s most celebrated guitarists for the fourth incarnation of the event. While the previous three festivals were all hosted in outdoor stadiums, Clapton took the latest event indoors for the first time this year to ‘The World’s Most Famous Arena.’

Held every three years since 2004, the Crossroads Guitar Festival raises funds for the Crossroads Centre in Antigua. Clapton founded this treatment and education facility in 1998 to help people suffering from chemical dependency.

This year’s two shows also featured performances by Derek Trucks, Doyle Bramhall II, Jeff Beck, Keith Urban, Robert Cray, Sonny Landreth, Steve Cropper, Warren Haynes and more.

In addition to performances of some blues classics and renowned hit songs, many of the performances involved collaborations: John Mayer and Keith Urban for the Beatles’ ‘Don’t Let Me Down,’ Vince Gill and Clapton taking on ‘Lay Down Sally,’ Keb Mo and Taj Mahal covering the Sleepy John Estes’ song, ‘Diving Duck Blues,’ Gill performing ‘Tumbling Dice’ with Urban and Albert Lee and members of the Allman Brothers, as well as Gregg Allman, Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks on a cover of Neil Young’s ‘The Needle and the Damage Done.’

Keith Richards’ performance of Chuck Berry’s ‘Sweet Little Rock ‘n’ Roller,’ the second song of his guest appearance with Clapton on the second night is not included on the discs.


Disc One
1.’Tears In Heaven’ – Eric Clapton
2.‘Lay Down Sally’ – Eric Clapton with Vince Gill
3.‘Green Onions’ – Booker T. with Steve Cropper, Keb’ Mo’, Blake Mills, Matt ‘Guitar’ Murphy & Albert Lee
4.‘Heavenly Bodies’ – Kurt Rosenwinkel
5.‘This Time’ – Earl Klugh
6.‘Mirabella’ – Earl Klugh
7.‘Great Big Old House’ – The Robert Cray Band
8.‘She’s Alright’ – Doyle Bramhall II with Gary Clark Jr.
9.‘Bullet And A Target’ – Doyle Bramhall II with Citizen Cope
10.‘Queen Of California’ – John Mayer
11.‘Don’t Let Me Down’ – John Mayer with Keith Urban
12.‘Next Door Neighbor Blues’ – Gary Clark Jr.
13.‘Damn Right, I’ve Got The Blues’ – Buddy Guy with Robert Randolph & Quinn Sullivan
14.‘Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad’ – The Allman Brothers Band with Eric Clapton

Disc Two
1. ‘Congo Square’ – Sonny Landreth with Derek Trucks
2. ‘Change It’ – John Mayer with Doyle Bramhall II
3.‘Ooh-Ooh-Ooh’ – Jimmie Vaughan
4.‘Save The Last Dance For Me’ – Blake Mills with Derek Trucks
5.’Don’t Worry Baby’ – Los Lobos
6.‘I Ain’t Living Long Like This’- Vince Gill with Albert Lee
7.‘Diving Duck Blues’ – Taj Mahal with Keb’ Mo’
8.‘When My Train Pulls In’ – Gary Clark Jr.
9.‘Mná Na Héireann’ – Jeff Beck
10.‘The Needle And The Damage Done’ – Allman, Haynes, Trucks
11.’Midnight Rider’ – Allman, Haynes, Trucks
12.‘Key To The Highway’ – Eric Clapton with Keith Richards
13.‘Gin House Blues’ – Andy Fairweather Low with Eric Clapton
14.‘Got To Get Better In A Little While’ – Eric Clapton
15.‘Sunshine Of Your Love’ – Eric Clapton


Disc One Additional Tracks:
‘Spider Jiving’ – Eric Clapton with Andy Fairweather Low
‘Time Is Tight’ – Booker T. with Steve Cropper
‘Born Under A Bad Sign’ – Booker T. with Steve Cropper, Keb’ Mo’, Blake Mills, Matt ‘Guitar’ Murphy & Albert Lee
‘Great Big Old House’ – The Robert Cray Band
‘Everyday I Have The Blues’ – The Robert Cray Band with B.B. King, Eric Clapton & Jimmie Vaughan
‘Next Of Kindred Spirit’ – Sonny Landreth
‘Cry’ – Doyle Bramhall II with Alice Smith
‘This Time’ – Earl Klugh
‘Mirabella’ – Earl Klugh
‘Heavenly Bodies’ – Kurt Rosenwinkel
‘Big Road Blues’ – Kurt Rosenwinkel with Eric Clapton.
‘Whipping Post’ – The Allman Brothers Band

Disc Two Additional Tracks:
‘I Got To Let You Know’ – Los Lobos with Robert Cray
‘I Ain’t Living Long Like This’- Vince Gill with Albert Lee
‘Tumbling Dice’ – Vince Gill with Keith Urban & Albert Lee
‘Walkin’ Blues’ – Taj Mahal with Keb’ Mo’
‘When My Train Pulls In’ – Gary Clark Jr.
‘Please Come Home’ – Gary Clark Jr.
‘Going Down’ – Jeff Beck with Beth Hart
‘I Shall Be Released’ – Eric Clapton with Robbie Robertson
‘Crossroads’ – Eric Clapton
‘High Time We Went’ – Ensemble

Brian Wise

Brian Wise was the Editor of Addicted To Noise‘s Australian site from 1997 – 2002. The site won two ONYA Awards as Best Online Music Magazine in 1999 & 2000. He has also been Editor since its reincarnation in 2013. He also presents the weekly music interview program Off The Record on 102.7 Triple R-FM ( in Melbourne. It is networked to 45+ stations across Australia on the Community Radio Network and is a four-time winner of the Best Music Program Award from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In 2012, it was nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Music Programming category. Brian was also the Founding Editor & Publisher of Rhythms Magazine and is now its Senior Contributing Editor.

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