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Today, December 5, 2014, would be JJ Cale’s 76th birthday. We're missing him! Coincidentally this new video for "Don’t Wait" featuring John Mayer, Eric Clapton, and Christine Lakeland sharing vocals and with John Mayer and Eric on guitars is just out today. Another standout track from The Breeze An Appreciation of JJ Cale by Eric Clapton & Friends.



JJ Cale Inducted Into The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame November 1, 2014

Thanks to all the great musicians and friends who gathered in Tulsa on October 31 and November 1, 2014 for JJ Cale's induction into The Oklahoma Music Hall Of Fame . Also inducted on the same night were Chuck Blackwell, Elvin Bishop, Jim Keltner and posthumously Lowell Fulson. The event included performances by inductees Elvin Bishop, Chuck Blackwell and Jim Keltner, as well as Christine Lakeland Cale and a host of the original Tulsa Sound musicians. Following his induction, a large cast of musicians and Cale's friends performed in tribute to him covering old favorites like "If You're Ever in Oklahoma," "Magnolia," "Crazy Mama," "Call Me The Breeze," "Sensitive Kind," "Roll On" and "After Midnight". Congratulations to all the night"s honorees. A wonderful time was had by all.

Here's a picture of Cale's friends and associates gathered at a pre-induction reception on October 31, 2014 (photo credit: Cliff Moore)

(Standing L to R) Johnny Williams, Steve Ripley, James Cruce, Tommy Tripplehorn, Jamie Oldaker, Jim Keltner, Gary Gilmore, Karl Himmel, Don Preston, Bill Kenner, Elvin Bishop, Charles Tuberville, Doug Belli, Jim Karstein, Steve Hickerson, Shelby Eicher, Ray D. Rowe, Walt Richmond, Skip VanWinkl
(Seated Middle Row) Rocky Frisco, David Teegarden Sr., Larry Bell, Jimmy Markham, Jimmy Gordon, Jim Byfield
(Seated Front) Don White, Christine Lakeland Cale, Nick Rather, Jamie Nichol
Not pictured: Chuck Blackwell, Tommy Crook, Casey VanBeek


New JJ Cale "Call Me The Breeze" Caps Are Now Available

New JJ Cale "Call Me The Breeze" caps are available online now at the JJ Cale Merch Store. These new caps complete the recently released set of merch designs featuring "Call Me The Breeze" - the title of Cale's legendary song covered by Johnny Cash, John Mayer, Lynyrd Skynyrd and now Eric Clapton among others. The caps come in two colors (charcoal or olive) and feature an embroidered JJ Cale logo on the front and "Call Me the Breeze" on the back. They are one size fits all with an adjustable strap, brass buckle and brass slit.

The complete Eric Clapton interview is now available to stream at your convenience. The story behind "The Breeze, An Appreciation of JJ Cale" - Eric Clapton is interviewed by Dan Forte

FANTASTIC NEWS - The Breeze, An Appreciation of JJ Cale has entered the charts at #1 in The Netherlands, #1 Denmark, #2 in the US, #2 in Germany, #2 in Canada, #3 in the UK and #4 in Belgium! Just Phenomenal! Thanks especially to Eric Clapton for all the heart and hard work he has put in this past year coordinating this entire project to honor his friend, JJ Cale. And Thanks to all of you for your support in helping to make this tribute to JJ Cale so incredibly successful. If you don't have it already, you can purchase the album and / or its two special editions here:

Port Merch http://bit.ly/XfZD7n
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Deluxe CD link: http://bit.ly/1lxwqt6
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An Appreciation of Eric Clapton

Just a sincere Thank You to Eric Clapton for all he has done for JJ Cale since initially putting him on the map by recording "After Midnight" and then "Cocaine" and so much more since then. It's hard to say how many people would have known about JJ Cale if it had not been for his music connecting so well with Eric and Eric giving back so generously. With "The Breeze, An Appreciation of JJ Cale", Eric is accomplishing his goal of introducing a much wider audience to Cale's music. Eric has been particularly instrumental in Cale's career but giving back to those who have influenced him is nothing new for Eric who has brought so much attention in the past to other friends and heroes like Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, BB King, George Harrison, Howlin Wolf, Hubert Sumlin, Willie Dixon, Freddie King and Charles Brown in addition to so many more via exposure at his Crossroads Guitar Festivals and as supporting acts. Eric has set a wonderful example of using the spotlight he has earned, as a platform to introduce others to the music that means so much to him. Thank you, Eric! Eric Clapton's New Version of JJ Cale's "Call Me The Breeze" Is the Starbucks Pick of the Week

Eric Clapton's new version of JJ Cale's "Call Me The Breeze", from Clapton's just released tribute album, is the Starbucks Pick of the Week starting July 29, 2014. Visit Starbucks and grab their Pick of the Week card or connect in-store to Starbucks Wi-Fi to access the Entertainment Section of the Starbucks Digital Network for your free download. At the time of this writing, The Breeze, An Appreciation of JJ Cale ranked #1 on Amazon and #3 on iTunes charts. You can purchase the album now at:

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Just announced! JJ Cale To Be Honored With Induction Into The The Oklahoma Music Hall Of Fame

Just announced! JJ Cale is to be honored with Induction into The Oklahoma Music Hall Of Fame at a special event in Tulsa, OK on November 1, 2014. JJ Cale was offered this and many other honors during his lifetime but always declined them. With his passing and another offer from the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, plans came together with his family this past year to finally give JJ Cale his well deserved recognition in the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. Other Oklahoma music greats to be inducted this year include Elvin Bishop, Jim Keltner, (a close friend of Cale's who also plays on Eric Clapton's tribute album - The Breeze, as well as many of the greatest records in rock and roll history), Chuck Blackwell, and Lowell Fulson. The ceremony will feature performances from many of Cale's friends and past collaborators at the historic Cain's Ballroom on November 1, 2014. Congratulations to JJ Cale on his contributions to Oklahoma music being formally recognized for future generations to appreciate!


New JJ Cale T-Shirts Available

Brand new JJ Cale T-shirt designs are now available via Port Merch at jjcale.portmerch.com. All new items feature the text "Call Me The Breeze" and purchasers who buy The Breeze CD or LP at the same time will save $2.00 on their order. Stay tuned for a new baseball cap design coming too.

Eric Clapton's JJ Cale Tribute (Out Tomorrow, July 29) Receives Major Media Accolades From NPR, New York Times, Associated Press and Tops Amazon Chart

Eric Clapton & Friends' "The Breeze, An Appreciation of JJ Cale" garnered significant media praise over the weekend, which included Clapton's NPR interview (you can listen here- http://n.pr/1k2Utpu ) as well as major pieces in The New York Times and Associated Press wire service . This is in addition to continued VH1 Classic and Palladia airings of the album's behind the scenes documentary which premiered on VH1 Classic this past Friday, July 26 (see below for rerun schedule). The album currently ranks #1 on the Amazon CD Sales Chart and can be purchased here (with a free MP3 download included with your CD/LP purchase). Today is the last day for US fans to pre-stream the full tribute album for free on iTunes .

VH1 Classic to Premiere Full Documentary for The Breeze - An Appreciation of JJ Cale on 7/25/14, Plus Additional Airings on Palladia

The full documentary for The Breeze - An Appreciation of JJ Cale by Eric Clapton will premiere on VH1 Classic on July 25, 2014 at 9:00pm ET. This behind the scenes look at Eric's tribute to JJ Cale features interviews with Eric, John Mayer, Mark Knopfler, Derek Trucks, Don White, Christine Lakeland and more. The documentary will also air on Palladia starting July 26 at 9:00pm (upcoming airings schedule below). US fans can still stream the full album for free on iTunes - available for just a few more days at itunes.com/ericclapton

Upcoming Documentary Airing Schedule (Eastern Time):

VH1 Classic
7/25/2014 09:00 PM Friday
7/25/2014 02:30 AM Friday (7/26, Saturday)
7/26/2014 07:30 PM Saturday
7/27/2014 03:30 PM Sunday
7/27/2014 11:30 PM Sunday
7/28/2014 05:30 PM Monday
8/03/2014 10:30 PM Sunday
8/06/2014 11:00 PM Wednesday
(more at http://www.vh1.com/shows/schedule/vh1classic/daily.jhtml)

Palladia
7/26/2014 09:00 PM Saturday
7/26/2014 12:00 AM Saturday (7/27, Sunday)
7/27/2014 06:00 PM Sunday
7/28/2014 02:30 PM Monday
7/29/2014 09:00 PM Tuesday
7/31/2014 12:00 AM Thursday (8/1, Friday)
8/01/2014 09:00 AM Friday
8/06/2014 07:30 PM Wednesday
(more at http://www.palladia.tv/schedule.php)


The Breeze - An Appreciation of JJ Cale
Is Now Available to Stream in Full for Free on iTunes for a Limited Time

The Breeze - An Appreciation of JJ Cale by Eric Clapton & Friends is now available to stream in full via iTunes First Play for a limited time. See itunes.com/ericclapton to listen to the entire CD featuring Tom Petty, John Mayer, Mark Knopfler, Willie Nelson, Don White, Derek Trucks, Christine Lakeland and more.

Rolling Stone Premieres Clapton's Cover of "Cajun Moon"

Rolling Stone has just premiered Eric Clapton's cover of JJ Cale's "Cajun Moon", the second track from Clapton's upcoming tribute CD to Cale, The Breeze - An Appreciation of JJ Cale, out July 29, 2014. See http://rol.st/1yQbcQi for the Rolling Stone premiere and to stream the song.


Here is another wonderful piece on JJ Cale. Watch this mini documentary in support of “Eric Clapton & Friends "The Breeze - An Appreciation of JJ Cale". The CD is out July 29 and this mini doc is premiering exclusively at Amazon in the meantime. And Thanks again to Eric Clapton for such a sincere and touching tribute to his friend, JJ Cale. Watch it here



Available For Pre-Order Now: Deluxe Edition CD Set and Special Edition 4 LP Set for The Breeze, An Appreciation of JJ Cale by Eric Clapton & Friends

The Deluxe Edition CD and Special Edition 4 LP Sets for The Breeze, An Appreciation of JJ Cale by Eric Clapton & Friends are available for pre-order now. Both of these packages also include JJ Cale's original versions of all the songs on the new tribute including 3 of Cale's previously unreleased tracks. In addition to all the songs on the new tribute CD, JJ Cale's original version of "After Midnight" (prior to the version released on Naturally") is included here as a special bonus track.

More on all the special elements in the package here:

Eric Clapton has created a very moving video tribute to his friend, JJ Cale. Cale himself stated "Thank God for Eric Clapton" and with this sincere and powerful tribute for "Call Me The Breeze", he proves once again why JJ Cale was so grateful. This is the lead track from the upcoming CD out July 29, The Breeze, An Appreciation of JJ Cale by Eric Clapton & Friends (Tom Petty, John Mayer, Willie Nelson, Mark Knopfler, Don White, Derek Trucks, Albert Lee, David Lindley, Reggie Young, Jim Keltner, Nathan East, Christine Lakeland, Greg Leisz, Doyle Bramhall II, Walt Richmond, Simon Climie, Don Preston and many more). See pre-order details directly to the left of this post.

Eric Clapton Releases New Lyric Video for JJ Cale's "Call Me The Breeze"

Eric Clapton has just released his new lyric video for "Call Me The Breeze", the first single off Clapton's upcoming tribute, The Breeze, An Appreciation of JJ Cale, out on 7/29/14 and available for pre-order now.

The lead track on the CD, "Call Me The Breeze" pays tribute from the very start by using Cale's own voice counting off the song as sampled / licensed from his 1972 debut album, Naturally. After that unique tribute within a tribute, Clapton and Special Guest Albert Lee then kick in with their new version of the iconic tune. "Call Me The Breeze" became one of Cale's most popular songs of all time in the wake of Lynyrd Skynyrd's hit version which reached #12 on the Billboard album charts. Johnny Cash, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, John Mayer and many others have also performed or recorded covers of this timeless treasure.


The Breeze, An Appreciation of JJ Cale Deluxe Edition CD Set and Special Edition 4-LP Set Coming Soon For Pre-Order

Stay tuned here and on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/JJ-Cale/41196666601) for pre-order details on the Deluxe Edition CD Set and Special Edition 4-LP Set of The Breeze, An Appreciation of JJ Cale by Eric Clapton & Friends. This lineup of Cale-inspired musicians, in addition to Clapton, includes music giants Tom Petty, John Mayer, Mark Knopfler, Willie Nelson and Derek Trucks plus other greats. The album is scheduled for a July 29, 2014 release, just three days after the first anniversary of Cale's passing on July 26, 2013.

Eric Clapton Honors JJ Cale's Legacy With Upcoming Tribute Album

Rolling Stone proclaims "JJ Cale is one of rock's unsung heroes, and Eric Clapton wants to change that with a new Cale tribute album called The Breeze, An Appreciation of JJ Cale." The album features a beyond impressive lineup of Cale-inspired musicians in addition to Clapton including Tom Petty, John Mayer, Mark Knopfler, Willie Nelson, Derek Trucks, Don White, David Lindley, Greg Leisz, Nathan East, Albert Lee and Jim Keltner. The album is scheduled for a July 29, 2014 release, just three days after the first anniversary of Cale's passing on July 26, 2013.


THE OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE

Eric Clapton has often stated that JJ Cale is one of the single most important figures in rock history, a sentiment echoed by many of his fellow musicians. Cale's influence on Clapton was profound, and his influence on many more of today's artists cannot be understated. To honor JJ's legacy, a year after his passing, Clapton gathered a group of like-minded friends and musicians for Eric Clapton & Friends: The Breeze, An Appreciation of JJ Cale scheduled to be released July 29, 2014. With performances by Clapton, Mark Knopfler, John Mayer, Willie Nelson, Tom Petty, Derek Trucks and Don White, the album features 16 beloved JJ Cale songs and is named for the 1972 single "Call Me The Breeze."

"I would like people to tap into what JJ Cale did - that's the point. I'm just the messenger; I've always felt that that's my job. I try to interpret things so that the public at large, or at least the people who listen to what I do, will become intrigued about where I got it from," said Clapton.

After years admiring JJ Cale's work and covering several of his songs such as "After Midnight" and "Cocaine", Clapton finally collaborated with Cale for the first time in his career on the 2006 original album Road to Escondido. At the time, Clapton said "This is the realization of what may have been my last ambition, to work with the man whose music has inspired me for as long as I can remember."

JJ Cale's music consistently defied being labeled into any one category, but instead found influences across the spectrum of blues, rock, country and folk. A hybrid sound that has influenced a long list of artists. He was known for being reclusive. He let his music speak for itself and by his own choice never became famous in the conventional terms of the word. Instead, he preferred to shun the spotlight for a more simple existence based on his musical creations. Ironically, doing just that, and focusing on music, turned him into a guitar legend.

Cale grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma and cited Chet Atkins, Les Paul and Chuck Berry as some of his earliest influences. He was often quoted as saying, "In trying to imitate them, I missed it. And I came up with my own kinda thing." And so, Cale began playing the local Tulsa club scene in the early 1950's surrounded by other natives such as David Gates (Bread) and Leon Russell. After moving to Los Angeles in the mid-60's, he recorded the song "After Midnight."

Already an accomplished guitarist with bands such as the Yardbirds, Cream and Blind Faith, Clapton ventured to a solo career with the release of his 1970 self-titled Eric Clapton album. Mutual friend Delaney Bramlett had given Clapton a copy of Cale's song "After Midnight." Clapton decided to cover the song and it was the first single from the album. The song became a chart-topping success. Clapton was quick to offer praise for Cale's work while promoting the album. Cale had been told of the cover but said that he didn't pay much attention until the song came on the radio in Tulsa.

Years later, in April 1976, Cale was performing at London's Hammersmith Odeon in support of his Troubadour album release. Clapton sat in on the performance and later during that trip surprised Cale in the studio with a version of "Cocaine" that would appear on his 1977 Slowhand release. Again becoming a chart-topping success.

In 2004 Clapton was organizing a guitar festival called Crossroads that would be a 3-day event featuring the world's most elite guitarists. Clapton invited Cale to perform at the first Crossroads Guitar Festival and Cale agreed to attend. Cale went on to also attend the 2004 Crossroads Guitar festival where Clapton proudly sat in as a member of his band.

Cale's entire 40-plus year career produced only 15 albums. Lauded by his peers and completely unfazed by musical fads, JJ Cale is an American icon, a craftsman like no other.

Clapton's career, also spanning more than 50 years, has resulted in 18 Grammy Awards and the distinct honor of being the only triple inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: www.ericclapton.com

The Breeze will be available JULY 29, 2014

ALBUM TRACK LISTING
1. Call Me The Breeze (Vocals Eric Clapton)
2. Rock And Roll Records (Vocals Eric Clapton & Tom Petty)
3. Someday (Vocals Mark Knopfler)
4. Lies (Vocals John Mayer & Eric Clapton)
5. Sensitive Kind (Vocals Don White)
6. Cajun Moon (Vocals Eric Clapton)
7. Magnolia (Vocals John Mayer)
8. I Got The Same Old Blues (Vocals Tom Petty & Eric Clapton)
9. Songbird (Vocals Willie Nelson & Eric Clapton)
10. Since You Said Goodbye (Vocals Eric Clapton)
11. I'll Be There (If You Ever Want Me) (Vocals Don White & Eric Clapton)
12. The Old Man And Me (Vocals Tom Petty)
13. Train To Nowhere (Vocals Mark Knopfler, Don White & Eric Clapton)
14. Starbound (Vocals Willie Nelson)
15. Don't Wait (Vocals Eric Clapton & John Mayer)
16. Crying Eyes (Vocals Eric Clapton & Christine Lakeland)

MUSICIAN CREDITS:
Keys - Hammond Organ, Piano & Wurlitzer
Walt Richmond & Simon Climie
Drum Programming & Percussion
Simon Climie
Bass Nathan East
Drums Jim Keltner
Guitars
Eric Clapton (All tracks)
Mark Knopfler (Tracks 3 & 13)
John Mayer (Tracks 4, 7 & 15)
Willie Nelson (Tracks 9 & 14)
Don White (Tracks 3, 5 & 13)
Reggie Young (Tracks 2, 6 & 8)
Derek Trucks (Tracks 14 & 16)
Albert Lee (Tracks 1 & 11)
David Lindley (Tracks 9 & 16)
Don Preston (Track 3 & 13)
Christine Lakeland (Track 3)
Doyle Bramhall II (Track 10)
Pedal Steel Guitar
Greg Leisz (Track 12 & 14)
Dobro
Eric Clapton (Track 11)
Harmonica
Jimmy Markham (Track 13)
Mickey Raphael (Tracks 3, 9 & 14)
Backing Vocals
Michelle John (Tracks 4, 5 & 9)
Sharon White(Tracks 4, 5 & 9)
Christine Lakeland (Tracks 13 & 15)
Simon Climie (Track 9)
Additional Drums
James Cruce
Jim Karstein
Jamie Oldaker
David Teegarden
Satnam Ramgotra (Tablas)

ALBUM CREDITS:
Produced by:
Eric Clapton
Simon Climie


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.

To see the full article and view the documentary see
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/16/opinion/naturally-jj-cale.html


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 Nominated For Induction Into Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

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

3/27 – McCabe's, Santa Monica, CA
3/28 – McCabe's, Santa Monica, CA
3/29 – Belly Up, Solona Beach, CA
3/30 – Coach House, San Juan Capistrano, CA
4/1 – Mystic Theatre, Petaluma, CA
4/2 – Bimbo's, San Francisco, CA
4/3 – Rio Theatre, Santa Cruz, CA
4/5 – WOW Hall, Eugene, OR
4/6 – Aladdin Theatre, Portland, OR
4/7 – Triple Door, Seattle, WA
4/8 – Triple Door, Seattle, WA
4/10 – Capilano College, Vancouver, BC
4/11 – Alix Goolden Hall, Victoria, BC
4/13 - Craterian Ginger Rogers Theatre, Medford, OR
4/14 - Paradise Performing Arts Center, Paradise, CA
4/15 - Tower Theatre, Fresno, CA
 
Please visit the Tour page for venue details and ticket information.

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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