11 Sep 15
Featuring The Tedeschi Trucks Band, Chris Stainton, Leon Russell, Rita Coolidge, Doyle Bramhall II, Dave Mason And More!
Live from the Lockn’ Festival on 11 September, the Tedeschi Trucks Band will recreate a large part of the Mad Dogs & Englishmen album as a tribute to Joe Cocker. They’ll get a helping hand from eleven “Mad Dogs” alumni including bandleader/ keyboardist Leon Russell, keyboardist Chris Stainton, singers Rita Coolidge and Claudia Lennear and some of the original crew. They’ll be joined on stage by Dave Mason (his “Feelin’ Alright” was part of the Mad Dogs’ set), guitarist Doyle Bramhall II and former Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson, who cites the album as an influence when growing up.
The Mad Dogs & Englishmen webcast begins at 11PM ET on 11 September (time subject to change). An access code can be purchased for $10 (U.S.) here. It should be available globally, but may be blocked by some countries. The entire day can be accessed for $40 from 1PM here. Lead in acts include the North Mississippi All Stars, Steve Earle & The Dukes, The String Cheese Incident and Phil Lesh & Friends.
TTB’s set will also be webcast on Saturday at 5:30PM ET.
Now, for those wondering “why is this on an Eric Clapton website?”:
– Chris Stainton, who was also part of Joe Cocker’s Grease Band, has been a fixture in EC’s band starting in 1979 with a few brief breaks.
– Rita Coolidge was part of Delaney & Bonnie & Friends and sang back up on EC’s first solo album, Eric Clapton, in 1970.
– EC was a guest on sessions for Leon Russell in 1969. Leon returned the favor playing on EC’s solo debut. Both took part in George Harrison’s Concert For Bangladesh and played on other recording sessions together.
– Dave Mason and EC crossed paths in Delaney & Bonnie & Friends and played on sessions for EC’s first solo album.
– Doyle Bramhall II has toured and recorded extensively with EC since 2001.
– Derek Trucks has recorded with Eric and toured with him in 2006/2007
– Susan Tedeschi was a guest at # Crossroads Guitar Festivals and performed alongside Eric at the historic shows with the Allman Brothers Band in 200_
– Carl Radle and Jim Gordon, EC’s and Bobby Whitlock’s bandmates in Derek & The Dominos and Delaney & Bonnie & Friends, were part of the Mad Dogs tour.
– Bobby Keys, later an integral part of the Rolling Stones’ band, was in the Mad Dogs band and was a bandmate with Eric in Delaney & Bonnie & Friends as well as playing on sessions with EC over the years.
Check out Chris Stainton performing “Space Captain” with the Tedeschi Trucks Band and Warren Haynes at EC’s Crossroads Guitar Festival 2010. Chris played on the original track which was the B-side to “The Letter” and performed during the Mad Dogs Tour.