JJ Cale Op-Doc On New York Times Site
The New York Times on December 16, 2013 premiered Naturally, J.J. Cale, an animated documentary short about the late JJ Cale (a Rosebud artist for 30 years before his passing). The short film by animator and filmmaker Drew Christie explores why the music legend never achieved the mainstream success and stardom that many believed he deserved. Despite his great influence on the music world and, as the film portrays, directly on the work of Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Dire Straits, Lynyrd Skynyrd and John Mayer, Cale always remained true to his work and never sacrificed his musical vision for the draw of commercial success. In its short format the film only touches briefly on the true depth of influence Cale created - not mentioned were Cale songs covered by such icons as Johnny Cash, Captain Beefheart, Santana, The Allman Brothers, Jerry Garcia, The Band, Chet Atkins, Freddie King, and Maria Muldaur.
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JJ Cale Induction Into Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame
JJ Cale, a Rosebud artist until his passing on July 26, 2013, will be inducted into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame on November 16, 2013. A native Oklahoman and pioneer of "The Tulsa Sound", JJ Cale was a major influence on some of the greatest guitarists, singers and songwriters of a generation. He has garnered high praise from music legends such as Neil Young who said, "Of all the players I ever heard, it's gotta be Hendrix and JJ Cale who are the best electric guitar players", and Eric Clapton (a musical ally and friend who popularized Cale's "Cocaine" and "After Midnight") who, in an interview with Vanity Fair Magazine, named Cale the living person he most admires. In addition to Clapton, his songs have been covered by artists as diverse as Johnny Cash and Captain Beefheart to Santana, Lynyrd Skynyrd ("Call Me The Breeze"), The Allman Brothers, Jerry Garcia, The Band, Chet Atkins, Freddie King, Maria Muldaur, John Mayer (who covered "Call Me The Breeze" on his latest album, Paradise Valley) and many more. Cale also found inroads to a younger generation of rock fans with Widespread Panic, Phish, Band of Horses and among many others who paid tribute to him in song. The induction ceremony and gala will be held at the Performance Hall of Downtown Tulsa's historic Jazz Depot. For tickets and more information see here.
JJ Cale Has Passed Away
JJ Cale passed away at 8:00 pm on Friday July 26, 2013 at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla, CA.
The legendary singer / songwriter had suffered a heart attack. There are no immediate plans for services. His history is well documented at JJCale.com, rosebudus.com/cale, and in the documentary, To Tulsa And Back.
Donations are not needed but he was a great lover of animals so, if you like, you can remember him with a donation to your favorite local animal shelter.
JJ Cale's Five Disc Box Set, Classic Album Selection, Out April 2, 2013
JJ Cale's five disc box set, Classic Album Selection, will be released April 2, 2013 via Mercury Records (the collection was released overseas in late March). The box set includes five of Cale's classic albums: Naturally (1972), Troubadour (1976), Shades (1981), Grasshopper (1982) and #8 (1983). Among the many renowned tracks from the collection are "After Midnight", "Cocaine" (both recorded and regularly performed by Eric Clapton), "I Got the Same Old Blues" (covered by Freddie King, Eric Clapton, Bobby Bland, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the late Captain Beefheart, a Rosebud artist until his retirement) and "Call Me the Breeze" (recorded by Lynyrd Skynyrd). This box set of well-known Cale tunes follows the release of his previously unreleased track, "Angel", on Eric Clapton's latest release, Old Sock.
JJ Cale Has No Tour Plans At Present.
JJ Cale's Song "Angel" Featured On Eric Clapton's Latest CD, Old Sock. "Angel" Picked As Free Starbucks Download
JJ Cale's song, "Angel", a previously unreleased track featuring Cale guesting on guitar and vocals, will appear on Eric Clapton's new CD, Old Sock, set for release on March 12. Clapton has been Cale's biggest supporter over the years, most famously having covered Cale's songs "After Midnight" and "Cocaine". The two legends more recently collaborated on the Grammy Winning Gold record, The Road To Escondido. Other guests on the project include Paul McCartney, Chaka Khan and Steve Winwood as well as Walt Richmond, who has toured extensively with JJ Cale and more recently with Eric.
"Angel" was also chosen as Starbucks' Pick of the Week starting on March 5, 2013. Starbucks offered the song as a complimentary download to all patrons who connected to Starbucks' free in-store Wi-Fi service or used the Starbucks app. Old Sock is also currently available to stream in full on The Wall Street Journal's blog, "Exclusive: Hear Eric Clapton's New Album 'Old Sock' First"
At this time, JJ Cale does not have any tour plans.
JJ Cale Garners More Raves From Neil Young In His New Memoir
JJ Cale was praised by Neil Young once again in his new autobiography, Waging Heavy Peace: A Hippie Dream. Young cites JJ Cale's "Crazy Mama" as one of the five songs that shaped his songwriting. Young describes "Crazy Mama" as "a record I love. The song is true, simple, and direct, and the delivery is very natural. JJ's guitar playing is a huge influence on me. His touch is unspeakable."
This praise follows Young's previous acknowledgement of Cale's artistry in Jimmy McDonough's 2003 biography of Neil Young, Shakey. In the New York Times bestselling biography, Young is quoted as saying:
"Most of the songs and the riffs - the way he plays the fucking guitar is so.. great. And he doesn't play very loud, either - I really like that about him. He's so sensitive. Of all the players I ever heard, it's gotta be Hendrix and JJ Cale who are the best electric guitar players."
While there is clearly a great deal of mutual respect between them, the only time these two legends have appeared on record together is on the late Ben Keith's (Young's steel guitarist of almost forty years) Seven Gates: A Christmas Album by Ben Keith and Friends (1994).
JJ Cale has been nominated for Induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame (NaSHOF). NaSHOF recognizes songwriters who have positively impacted and been closely associated with the Nashville Music Community and are deemed outstanding and significant. A native of Oklahoma, JJ Cale moved to Nashville early in his career where he was hired by the Grand Ole Opry's touring company. Following relocations including to California and back to Oklahoma, he later returned to Nashville to record his early solo albums.
JJ Cale is a vastly influential songwriter. Eric Clapton famously covered Cale's "After Midnight" and "Cocaine," as well as "I'll Make Love To You Anytime" and "Travelin' Light." Lynyrd Skynyrd covered Cale's "Call Me The Breeze" and "Bringing It Back." In addition, artists as varied as Santana, The Allman Brothers, Johnny Cash, The Band, Chet Atkins, Freddie King and Captain Beefheart have all covered his songs.
This year's NaSHOF nominees also include Mark James ("Suspicious Minds" by Elvis Presley; "Always On My Mind" by Willie Nelson), John Bettis ("Slow Hand" by Conway Twitty/The Pointer Sisters), Dan Penn ("I'm Your Puppet" by James & Bobby Purify; "The Dark End Of The Street" by James Carr/Archie Campbell & Lorene Mann) and Allen Shamblin ("I Can't Make You Love Me" by Bonnie Raitt) among others. The Induction Ceremony will be held October 16th in Nashville.
At this time, JJ Cale does not have any tour plans.
JJ Cale Collection - The Silvertone Years - International Release February 7th, 2011
A collection chronicling JJ Cale's music released by Silvertone Records between 1989-1992, entitled The Silvertone Years, will have an international release on February 7th, 2011 from Sony Music. The physical CD, while not initially set for release in North America, will be available as a European import from outlets such as Amazon. The disc features songs from JJ's Silvertone albums, Travel-Log and Number 10, check out the track listing here. Whether the music is bluesy, jazzy, country, rock (or country rock), folk, or tinged with Spanish or even Flamenco guitar flavors, once you hear that guitar or the voice, you immediately know it's JJ Cale - an incredibly humble man whose very nature has inspired a deep emotional connection with die-hard fans worldwide. Enjoy the collection. At this time, JJ does not have any tour plans.
JJ Cale Featured On New Eric Clapton CD
The new Eric Clapton CD, Clapton, features collaborations with JJ Cale on 3 songs: 2 of which he wrote ("River Runs Deep" and "Everything Will Be Alright") and 2 of which are duets with Eric (the aforementioned "River Runs Deep" and "That's No Way To Get Along"). Walt Richmond, a JJ Cale band member, plays keyboards on every track. Walt played on the GRAMMY winning gold record by JJ Cale / Eric Clapton, The Road to Escondido, and has recently been a member of Eric’s touring band.
JJ Cale's "Travelin' Light" Played In Space
JJ Cale's version of his own "Travelin' Light" was played to awaken the crews of the Atlantis Space Shuttle and International Space Station preceding their spacewalk early on Friday May 21, 2010 (NASA spaceflight.com 5/21/2010 "STS-132: Final EVA completes battery task"). The song was originally featured on JJ Cale's 1976 album Troubador and was also covered by Eric Clapton and Widespread Panic - true satellite radio indeed.
JJ Cale Interview on American Routes March 10, 2010 - Walt Richmond To Tour With Eric Clapton
A rare interview with JJ Cale is scheduled to premiere on American Routes on March 10, 2010. American Routes is a public radio program produced in New Orleans. To find a station broadcasting the show in your area, please click here or visit the American Routes web site to listen to their online archives after the show airs.
In related news, JJ Cale keyboard player, Walt Richmond, has been tapped to join the North American leg of Eric Clapton's upcoming tour. Walt played on the Grammy winning gold record - JJ Cale / Eric Clapton The Road to Escondido and on some recent studio work with Eric and Cale. Walt's credits also include work with Rick Danko, Bonnie Raitt, The Tractors and Bob Seger in addition to having written songs covered by The Doobie Brothers, Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band and Maria Muldaur.
Eric's North American tour dates run from February 18 - March 13 with Jeff Beck acting as Special Guest on the initial dates and Roger Daltrey for the balance of the tour.
JJ Cale Songs Featured On New Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood Live From Madison Square Garden CD/DVD Release (4 June, 2009)
Three JJ Cale songs are featured on the new Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood Live From Madison Square Garden CD/DVD release, recorded in February 2008.
"Lowdown," "After Midnight" and "Cocaine" are all featured on the CD, while "After Midnight" and "Cocaine" are on the DVD of the performances. For complete track listing and purchase information, please click here. The show is currently being featured on Great Performances on PBS.
JJ Cale Tour Highlights
JJ Cale recently completed his first tour in five years in support of his acclaimed new album, Roll On. He was joined on stage by Tom Petty and Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell in Santa Monica, CA and Mike returned to play the entire show in Seattle. At each stop on the tour, a portion of the proceeds were donated to a local animal charity or rescue effort.
Filter Interviews JJ Cale
Keep an eye out for an interview with JJ Cale by Ben Bridwell from the group Band of Horses, which will be featured in the Summer issue of Filter magazine.
JJ Cale On Public Radio - American Routes
Also watch for an interview with JJ on Public Radio's American Routes program - air date TBA - and check out the interview JJ recently did with KPBS San Diego here.
JJ Cale’s new album ‘Roll On’ is released in Europe on Because Music (9 March, 2009)
The great JJ Cale’s new album is released this week in the UK, where it has been chosen as BBC Radio 2’s Album of the Week. The station will be featuring tracks every day this week www.bbc.co.uk/radio2. The album, which has been dubbed by The Independent newspaper, is available now on Amazon.co.uk and iTunes UK.
JJ Cale Announces First Tour Since 2004
JJ Cale will be hitting the road for the first time since 2004 in support of his new album, Roll On, released February 24, 2009. Rolling Stone says of the new CD "he's a model for indie-rock longevity...his bubbling guitar - as much a jam band archetype as Jerry Garcia's - glints across the shadows." The tour will cover the West Coast, where JJ Cale will be playing solo, choosing to play intimate venues in California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. A portion of the proceeds from each show will be donated to local animal shelters and rescue efforts. Please visit the tour dates page for more information.
JJ Cale - The Roll On Tour - Solo
JJ Cale's Roll On is now available everywhere, released in the U.S. and Canada by Rounder Records and in the rest of the world by Because Music. (March 2009)
Roll On, JJ Cale's first solo CD of new material in nearly five years follows his Grammy-winning, gold-certified 2006 album with Eric Clapton, The Road to Escondido. The title track features a previously unreleased collaboration with Clapton. Cale wrote and produced all twelve songs on Roll On.
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JJ Cale Is Our Hero
March 6, 2009, Rolling Stone Magazine
A few weeks back we had the honor of interviewing legendary songwriter JJ Cale about his new album, Roll On. We wrote about it in the last issue of RS. Check it out right here. Turns out that the man who wrote the awesome Clapton hits "After Midnight" and "Cocaine" is one of the most down-to-earth dudes we've ever met. And Roll On is an incredible album. We've been listening to it nonstop!
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