J.J. Cale passed on last week at the age of 74. Cale was a Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and guitarist. He was one of the originators of the “Tulsa Sound”–a loose genre drawing on blues, rockabilly, country, and jazz influences. He wrote a number of songs (“Cocaine,” “After Midnight”) that have been heard by millions. But, because Cale preferred to stay in the background, most Americans haven’t heard him perform. Even so, he had some stuff.
Here’s a brief studio recording of Cale playing in A.D. 1994. It’ll give you a taste of the soft power of J.J.’s music. The man could play a guitar. Watch him barely touch the strings. If you like what you hear, you can find many similar–and sometimes stronger–songs by searching YouTube for “J.J. Cale”.
• One more. JJ Cale and Eric Clapton. “After Midnight”.
• And one more: JJ Cale and Eric Clapton again. “The Breeze”