The star's four track EP is a tribute to legendary bluesman Robert Johnson...

ERIC CLAPTON has released a four track EP today, previewing his forthcoming album dedicated to the legendary bluesman ROBERT JOHNSON.

The guitarist is putting out the sampler for ‘Me And Mr Johnson’ through Apple’s iTunes Music Store and will include the tracks ‘When You Got A Good Friend, ‘Come On In My Kitchen’, ‘Milkcow Calf Blues’ and ‘If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day’.

The full 14-track album will be released on March 22.

Clapton will play six nights at the Royal Albert Hall in May following a jaunt around the UK and Ireland, kicking off at Dublin’s The Point on April 23.

The dates are:

Dublin The Point (April 23)

Belfast Odyssey Arena (24)

Glasgow Scottish Exhibition And Conference Centre (26)

Newcastle Telewest Arena (27)

Manchester MEN Arena (29)

Birmingham National Exhibition Centre (30)

Sheffield Hallam FM Arena (May 2)

London Royal Albert Hall (4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11)

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