JJ Cale Songs Featured On New Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood Live From Madison Square Garden CD/DVD Release
Three classic 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 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. Please 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. Also watch for an interview with JJ on public radio's American Routes program - air date TBA.
JJ Cale Joined Onstage By Tom Petty & Mike Campbell On First Stop of Rare Tour
JJ Cale just kicked off his first solo tour in five years, supporting his acclaimed new album, Roll On. The tour began with two shows at McCabe’s in Los Angeles, on March 27 and 28. On the second evening, fans were treated to a surprise appearance by Tom Petty as well as Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell, who both sat in with Cale for the second half of his set. AOL Spinner was on the scene with a good summary of the proceedings - read the full review here >>
The initial thirteen dates of the JJ Cale tour sold out briskly, with tickets added later for three final shows. A portion of the proceeds from each show on the tour will be donated to local animal shelters and rescue efforts.
Cale’s backing band on this tour includes Bill Raffensperger (bass), Walt Richmond (keys), David Teegarden (drums/percussion) and James Cruce (drums/percussion). All but Cruce recorded with Cale on Roll On and all but Raffensperger played on The Road To Escondido, the Grammy winning Gold record collaboration by JJ Cale and Eric Clapton. Roll On has earned JJ Cale his best initial sales and highest debut on the Billboard Top 200 in at least the past 25 years. The new disc was featured on BBC2, which has the largest UK radio audience, as Album of the Week in its first week of release there and is topping sales charts across Europe. For details on tour dates, please see here >>
JJ Cale's Roll On Scores Record First Week Sales And Chart Debut and BBC2 Record Of The Week, New Tour Dates Added
Late in March, Cale will kick off his first solo tour in 5 years with dates recently added in Medford, OR, Paradise, CA and Fresno, CA. For a complete list of tour dates, please visit the tour dates page >>
JJ Cale has confirmed his first tour in five years, returning to the road with a few weeks of solo shows in intimate west coast venues. The tour is in support of his sublime Rounder Records debut Roll On, with a portion of the proceeds from each show to be donated to animal shelters and rescue efforts in each city. The album, out tomorrow, is getting rave reviews and the title track featuring Eric Clapton on guitar was the #1 Most Added song at AAA radio in its first week. Read on for some press quotes.
"The songs are top-shelf ....his bubbling guitar - as much a jam band archetype as Jerry Garcia's - glints across the shadows. - Rolling Stone
Roll On [is] a showcase for Mr. Cales laidback shuffle. -The Wall Street Journal
An album ranging from the jazzy shuffle of Who Knew to the cautionary closer Bring Down The Curtain. - AARP
"Roll On finds Cale back in vintage form. You can practically feel the tour bus hitting the open road in the title track. - The Boston Globe
Infectious Cale magic. - The Virginian-Pilot
JJ CALE TOUR DATES
3/27/2009 - McCabe's, Santa Monica, CA
"After Midnight" by JJ Cale nominated for Official State of Oklahoma Rock Song
JJ Cale's "After Midnight" is among ten finalists for the Official State of Oklahoma Rock Song. Also in the running are songs by Elvis Presley, Three Dog Night, Leon Russell, Flaming Lips and The Ventures, among others. All of the songs nominated were written or performed by Oklahomans. Voting is taking place until November 15th at: oklahomarocksong.org >>
The winning song will be announced during the next session of the Oklahoma Legislature, who passed a Resolution to decide upon the Official Rock Song.
JJ Cale Honored With First Grammy Win For The Road To Escondido With Eric Clapton
JJ Cale and Eric Clapton won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album for The Road to Escondido at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony. In spite of a long history of influential recordings, this is Cales first Grammy Award. Cale's songs, most notably "After Midnight" and "Cocaine" among many others, have driven sales for major recording artists for decades but this was also JJ Cales first certified Gold record, selling over 500,000 copies in the U.S. alone and achieving Gold and Platinum status in a number of other countries around the world. Cale wrote 11 of the 14 songs and co-produced the 2006 hit album with Eric Clapton.