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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.


JJ Cale Induction Into Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame

November 16, 2013

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.

JJ Cale Has Passed Away

July 26, 2013

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,, 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

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 Garners More Raves From Neil Young In His New Memoir

September 25, 2012

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

June 20, 2011

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.


JJ Cale Collection - The Silvertone Years - International Release February 7th, 2011

February 7, 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.

2019-04 Record Store Day
2019-03 First-ever vinyl pressings - Out April 26th
2018-10 New Album Coming Soon!
2017-11 New JJ Cale T-shirts
2017-10 RIP Tom Petty
2017-03 Live In San Diego
2016-06 3 Original Albums
2016-05 Clapton Collection, I Still Do

2015-10 The Breeze Wins Downbeat Reader's Poll
2015-02 The Breeze Wins Vintage Guitar Reader's Poll
2014-12 Happy Birthday JJ Cale
2014-11 Oklahoma Music Hall Of Fame Induction
2014-08 "Call Me The Breeze" Caps
2014-08 Eric Clapton Discusses The Breeze
2014-08 Appreciation Of Eric Clapton
2014-07 "Call Me The Breeze" Starbucks Pick

2014-07 The Breeze featured on NPR NYTimes AP
2014-07 The Breeze Documentary on VH1 Classic
2014-07 The Breeze Streaming on iTunes
2014-07 Cajun Moon Premiered on Rolling Stone
2014-07 The Breeze Mini Documentary
2014-07 The Breeze Deluxe and Special Edition
2014-06 Eric Clapton's JJ Cale Tribute Video
2014-06 "Call Me The Breeze" Official Lyric Video
2014-04 The Breeze Official Press Release


2013-12 NY Times Op Doc
2013-11 Oklahoma Jazz Hall Of Fame
2013-06 JJ Cale Has Passed Away
2013-04 Classic Album-Selection
2013-03 "Angel" Featured In Clapton's Old-Sock
2012-09 Neil Young's Waging Heavy Peace
2011-06 Nashville Songwriters HOF Nomination
2011-02 The Silverton Years
2010-09 JJ Cale Featured In Clapton's New Album

2010-05 "Travelin' Light" Played In Space
2010-03 American Routes Interview
2009-09 Filter Magazine Interview
2009-06 Clapton/Winwood Live From MSG features Cale songs
2009-04 JJ Cale Tour Highlights
2009-03 Roll On Euro Release
2009-03 "JJ Cale Is Our Hero"
2009-02 JJ Cale Tour Announced
2009-02 Roll On Released