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Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013 Is A Global Smash

Published // 28.Nov.13

Released less than two weeks ago by Rhino, Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013 is already a global smash on DVD, Blu-ray and CD. It's currently topping the video charts in Belgium, Netherlands and France and ranked #2 in the USA, Canada and Australia right before the biggest shopping weekend of the year. Released for the first-time on CD, the two disc set is #25 in the Billboard Top 200. The various formats are also #1 Best Sellers with Amazon. The Crossroads Guitar Festival, held every three years since 2004, is the ultimate guitar-concert event, where the world’s greatest players perform together to raise funds for the Crossroads Centre in Antigua, a chemical dependency treatment and education facility founded in 1998 by Eric Clapton.

The first Crossroads Guitar Festival was held in 2004 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas and gathered together an unprecedented collection of guitar icons from blues, rock and contemporary music. The sold-out show was chronicled in a two-disc DVD that has since gone on to become one of the world’s top-selling music DVDs, achieving the 10x platinum mark in the United States alone. The 2007 collection was certified 6x platinum, while the set from 2010 was certified 4x platinum. It seems Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013 is well on the way to similar acclaim.

This year’s festival, which happened on 12 and 13 April at New York's Madison Square Garden, featured two different nights of music with performances by Clapton, the Allman Brothers Band, Blake Mills, Buddy Guy, Derek Trucks, Doyle Bramhall II, Gary Clark Jr., Jeff Beck, John Mayer, Keith Richards, Keith Urban, Los Lobos, Robert Cray, Sonny Landreth, Steve Cropper, Vince Gill, Warren Haynes and more.

CROSSROADS GUITAR FESTIVAL 2013 is available on two Blu-ray discs or as two DVDs. Both 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. For the first time ever, audio highlights from the festival have been released as a 2-CD set featuring 32 tracks. The audio is also available digitally from iTunes and Amazon.

In addition to rousing performances of blues classics and renowned hit songs, many of the most memorable performances saw artists collaborating.  Among the highlights were the surprise pairing of 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 – Gregg Allman, Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks – joined forces for a haunting acoustic cover of Neil Young’s “The Needle and the Damage Done.”
  
Eric Clapton features prominently throughout the show, including with his own band for “Tears In Heaven.” The legendary guitarist also tore through the Derek and the Dominos’ classic “Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad” with the Allman Brothers Band, revisiting the time in 2009 when he joined the band during their annual residency at the Beacon Theater in New York.

CROSSROADS GUITAR FESTIVAL 2013

Blu-ray & DVD Track Listing
Disc One
01.  Tears In Heaven - Eric Clapton
02.  Spider Jiving - Eric Clapton with Andy Fairweather Low
03.  Lay Down Sally - Eric Clapton with Vince Gill
04.  Time Is Tight - Booker T. with Steve Cropper
05.  Born Under A Bad Sign - Booker T. with Steve Cropper, Keb’ Mo’, Blake Mills, Matt “Guitar” Murphy & Albert Lee
06.  Green Onions - Booker T. with Steve Cropper, Keb’ Mo’, Blake Mills, Matt “Guitar” Murphy & Albert Lee
07.  Great Big Old House - The Robert Cray Band
08.  Everyday I Have The Blues - The Robert Cray Band with B.B. King, Eric Clapton & Jimmie Vaughan
09.  Next Of Kindred Spirit - Sonny Landreth
10.  Cry - Doyle Bramhall II with Alice Smith
11.  Bullet And A Target - Doyle Bramhall II with Citizen Cope
12.  She’s Alright - Doyle Bramhall II with Gary Clark Jr.
13.  This Time - Earl Klugh
14.  Mirabella - Earl Klugh
15.  Heavenly Bodies - Kurt Rosenwinkel
16.  Big Road Blues - Kurt Rosenwinkel with Eric Clapton
17.  Next Door Neighbor Blues - Gary Clark Jr.
18.  Queen Of California - John Mayer
19.  Don’t Let Me Down – John Mayer with Keith Urban
20.  Damn Right, I’ve Got The Blues - Buddy Guy with Robert Randolph & Quinn Sullivan
21.  Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad - The Allman Brothers Band with Eric Clapton
22.  Whipping Post - The Allman Brothers Band

Disc Two
01.  Congo Square - Sonny Landreth with Derek Trucks
02.  Change It - John Mayer with Doyle Bramhall II
03.  Ooh-Ooh-Ooh - Jimmie Vaughan
04.  Save The Last Dance For Me - Blake Mills with Derek Trucks
05.  Don’t Worry Baby - Los Lobos
06.  I Got To Let You Know - Los Lobos with Robert Cray
07.  The Needle And The Damage Done” - Gregg Allman, Warren Haynes & Derek Trucks
08.  Midnight Rider - Gregg Allman, Warren Haynes & Derek Trucks
09.  I Ain’t Living Long Like This- Vince Gill with Albert Lee
10.  Tumbling Dice – Vince Gill with Keith Urban & Albert Lee
11.  Walkin’ Blues - Taj Mahal with Keb’ Mo’
12.  Diving Duck Blues - Taj Mahal with Keb’ Mo’
13.  When My Train Pulls In - Gary Clark Jr.
14.  Please Come Home - Gary Clark Jr.
15.  Going Down - Jeff Beck with Beth Hart
16.  Mná Na Heireann - Jeff Beck
17.  Key To The Highway – Eric Clapton with Keith Richards
18.  I Shall Be Released - Eric Clapton with Robbie Robertson
19.  Gin House Blues - Andy Fairweather Low with Eric Clapton
20.  Got To Get Better In A Little While - Eric Clapton
21.  Crossroads - Eric Clapton
22.  Sunshine Of Your Love - Eric Clapton
23.  High Time We Went - Ensemble

CD & Digital Track Listing
Disc One
01.  Tears In Heaven - Eric Clapton
02.  Lay Down Sally - Eric Clapton with Vince Gill
03.  Green Onions - Booker T. with Steve Cropper, Keb’ Mo’, Blake Mills, Matt “Guitar” Murphy & Albert Lee
04.  Heavenly Bodies - Kurt Rosenwinkel
05.  This Time - Earl Klugh
06.  Mirabella - Earl Klugh
07.  Great Big Old House - The Robert Cray Band
08.  She’s Alright - Doyle Bramhall II with Gary Clark Jr.
09.  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
01.  Congo Square - Sonny Landreth with Derek Trucks
02.  Change It - John Mayer with Doyle Bramhall II
03.  Ooh-Ooh-Ooh - Jimmie Vaughan
04.  Save The Last Dance For Me - Blake Mills with Derek Trucks
05.  Don’t Worry Baby - Los Lobos
06.  I Ain’t Living Long Like This - Vince Gill with Albert Lee
07.  Diving Duck Blues - Taj Mahal with Keb’ Mo’
08.  When My Train Pulls In - Gary Clark Jr.
09.  Mná Na Heireann - Jeff Beck
10.  The Needle And The Damage Done - Gregg Allman, Warren Haynes & Derek Trucks
11.  Midnight Rider - Gregg Allman, Warren Haynes & Derek 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

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