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Clapton calls on Gill

Monday, March 1, 2010 – Eric Clapton got help from a guitar friend of his Saturday night in Nashville. Vince Gill came out to support Clapton at his Sommet Center show.

Gill and Clapton traded licks and smiles during an acoustic set. Clapton introduced his "very good friend, Mr. Vince Gill" to the stage to play on four songs including the Bessie Smith blues standard Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out and his Running on Faith and the 80's song I've Got a Rock and Roll Heart. Gill got a chunk of solo time on all of these songs, including an acoustic version of Layla.

Gill returned to the stage at the end of the night for a solo on the show's encore, the Robert Johnson/Cream classic, Crossroads.

Gill is currently working on his next studio release and will appear with Clapton and nearly 30 other guitarists including Jeff Beck, Sheryl Crow and Buddy Guy at Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival on June 26 at Chicago's Toyota Park (www.crossroadsgutarfestival.com). Clapton's current American concert tour continues through March 13.

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