Credit: Todd V WolfsonDerek and the Dominos co-founder Bobby Whitlock will hit the road again soon with his wife and longtime collaborator CoCo Carmel.
Dubbed The Sparkly Shoes Tour, the nine-date trek begins June 2 in Memphis, Tennessee, and runs through a July 1 show in Houston. The all-acoustic shows will focus on Derek and the Dominos songs written or co-written by Whitlock. Those tracks include “Bell Bottom Blues,” “I Looked Away,” “Keep on Growing,” “Tell the Truth” and “Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad?,” all co-written by Eric Clapton and included on the band’s legendary 1970 studio album, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs. The shows also feature tunes from Whitlock’s work with Carmel.
On each date of the tour, pianist/guitarist Whitlock and singer/guitarist/saxophonist Carmel will be joined by a different local guitarist, including Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Ricky Byrd, formerly of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.
During his long career, Whitlock also has appeared on such albums as The Rolling Stones‘ Exile on Main Street and George Harrison‘s All Things Must Pass. Carmel has performed with the likes of Dr. John, Billy Preston and Jon Bon Jovi. She and Whitlock, who most recently teamed up for the 2013 album Carnival, have been in the studio working on a new record.
Here are Whitlock and Carmel’s upcoming tour dates:
6/2 — Memphis, TN, The Warehouse (guest guitarist Anthony Linden)
6/4 — Nashville, TN, City Winery (guest guitarist Colin Linden)
6/6 — Decatur, GA, Eddie’s Attic (guest guitarist Moses Mo)
6/10 — Shirley, MA, Bull Run (guest guitarist TBA)
6/11 — Pawling, NY, Daryl’s House (guest guitarist Ricky Byrd)
6/13 — New York, NY, BB King Blues Club (guest guitarist Ricky Byrd)
6/14 — Sellersville, PA, Sellersville Theater (guest guitarist Lou Maresca)
6/16 — Albany, NY, Swyer Theatre (guest guitarist TBA)
6/24 — Denton, TX, Dan’s Silverleaf (guest guitarist TBA)
7/1 — Houston, TX, McGonigels Mucky Duck (guest guitarist Nick Michael Taylor)
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