JJ Cale Op-Doc On New York Times Site
December 15, 2013
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.