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Sheryl Crow‘s upcoming album Threads features her collaborating with many of her musical heroes and friends, including Bonnie Raitt, The Eagles’ Joe Walsh, Keith Richards, Stevie Nicks, James Taylor and Eric Clapton. Clapton plays guitar on Crow’s cover of the George Harrison song “Beware of Darkness” — but surprisingly, she says he was insecure about re-recording his old pal’s tune.
“George for me, musically and personally, is a giant hero. All Things Must Pass is maybe my favorite record of all time,” Crow tells the publication The Contributor. “So, I felt like this song, for these times, it’s a good moment and is important. I wanted my children to hear it; I wanted them to know it.”
She adds, “I called Eric and asked him. He told me he was feeling a little nervous about it. And I think what he did on the song was just…I felt like he was tapping into George, or into his love for George, or his relationship with George, because what he played, it is just out of this world. It’s some of the best playing I’ve ever heard him do.”
In addition to Clapton’s contribution, the song features vocals from Sting and Grammy-winning Americana artist Brandi Carlile.
Threads, which Crow says will be her final album, though not her final recording, arrives August 30. Other artists who contributed to the album include Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Mavis Staples, Emmylou Harris and the late Johnny Cash.
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