Saturday, July 27, 2013

Saturday Night At The Liberal Curmudgeon: Remembering JJ Cale

JJ Cale, guitarist, songwriter and prime exemplar of the "Tulsa sound," a mix of blues, country, rockabilly and jazz, passed away on Friday. His songs were covered by many artists, including Eric Clapton, who had hits with "Cocaine" and "After Midnight." Above, Cale and Clapton perform "After Midnight" and "Call Me The Breeze," another Cale composition, at the Crossroads Guitar Festival, Dallas, 2004, to benefit Clapton's drug treatment center in Antigua. Clapton called Cale "one of the masters of the last three decades of music"; as a measure of his respect, Clapton declines Cale's signal (00:36) that he should join him in front of the stage.


Michael The Molar Maven said...

As you suspected, a tribute is being prepared for Friday's St. James Infirmary. Listening to this performance as well as my inventory of Cale material elicits mixed emotions - loving the music, missing the artist.

Jeff Tone said...

Yes, I knew that a tribute to JJ Cale is a must for SJI.