Ok now that I got the 80’s out of my system, I will gladly return you to your regularly scheduled programming of classic rock.
The year was 1963. A young musician from Surrey, England was beginning to gain notoriety playing blues guitar in the local pub scene. In October of that year he was asked to join a band called The Yardbirds, where he would continue to develop his talents and establish the nickname, Slowhand.
Fast forward to the year 1977, and the same young musician has now developed into one of the most highly regarded guitarists of all time. His moniker, Slowhand, is now the name of his fifth studio album. The album peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard charts and went on to be ranked by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
Slowhand featured 3 hit singles: “Cocaine”, “Wonderful Tonight”, and “Lay Down Sally.”
“Lay Down Sally” was inspired by Oklahoma musician J.J. Cale. It is bluesy yet twangy, which lead it to being a country music crossover hit, reaching No. 26 on the country charts. The song reads as a playful struggle of Clapton trying to keep his lover from leaving his bed. I always think that this song would certainly be on my road trip playlist. Can’t you just see yourself on a long stretch of dusty road listening to it?