"I think it's just my state of mind, probably, as much as anything else," says Clapton, 60, a rock guitar legend who began his career in the mid-'60s with the Yardbirds and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three times, with that band, Cream and on his own.
"I'm having a good time and a fairly contended kind of life in the middle of disaster all around us. I think the fact that I'm here and I'm OK with me, I'm kind of happy just being me, I've got a feeling I know who I am -- it couldn't be better, really."
Clapton, who's endured past heroin addictions, romantic travails and the 1991 death of his 4-year-old son Conor, now resides in England with his second wife, American-born Melia McEnery, and their two young daughters. He also has a 20-year-old daughter, Ruth, from a previous relationship.
In addition to "Back Home," which comes out Aug. 30, Clapton appears on an Oct. 4 CD and DVD recorded at the Cream's May reunion concerts in London. A New York engagement by the band is rumored but has not been announced.