Eric Clapton Retrospective
The music, style, sounds and tones of EC through the years.
To those familiar with the guitar artistry of Craig Thatcher, it's no secret that he has been heavily influenced by Eric Clapton. Actually, this has been the case since Craig first heard Eric's playing on "John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton,"commonly referred to as the "Beano" album. A spark was ignited in Craig's own guitar playing after hearing the blues played in Eric's (at the time) inimitable and innovative style using a Gibson Les Paul and a cranked Marshall combo amp; arguably the first time this combination was used on a recording.
Fast forward to 2005 when Craig started paying tribute to his mentor with the presentation of the "Eric Clapton Retrospective." This combo is comprised of some of the top players in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley, an area well-known to be a hotbed of many esteemed musicians. Craig's purpose is to present the music of Eric Clapton — dating back to the Yardbirds period and up to present-day; not note-for-note versions of this great material but capturing the style, sounds and tones as heard by EC through the years, in combination with the band's own unique flavoring. Most importantly, the "Eric Clapton Retrospective" is important as each band member is striving to keep this wonderful music alive!
Berks Jazz Fest at the Inn At Reading
Mauch Chunk Opera House