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
please visit the tour dates page >>
JJ Cale's "Roll On" Coming February 24th
Roll On, JJ Cale's first solo CD of new material in nearly five years is set for release February 24, 2009 on Rounder Records. Roll On follows Cales 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.
"After Midnight" by JJ Cale nominated for Official State of Oklahoma Rock Song
October 2008, Rosebud News
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.
Grammy Nominations For J J Cale, Bettye LaVette and Meshell Ndegeocello - Just Announced
The 2008 Grammy Award Nominations were released today (December 6, 2007), with Bettye LaVette and JJ Cale each honored with their first Grammy nod and Meshell Ndegeocello grabbing her 10th nomination. Both Bettye LaVette and JJ Cale are up for Best Contemporary Blues Album, for LaVettes The Scene Of The Crime and JJ Cale & Eric Claptons The Road To Escondido. Ndegeocellos 10th nomination is in the Best Urban/Alternative Performance category for Fantasy from the compilation album, Interpretations: Celebrating The Music Of Earth, Wind & Fire (Stax). The Grammy Awards will be held on February 10, 2008 in Los Angeles.
JJ Cale Covered in New Eric Clapton CD and Lauded in Clapton's Autobiography
JJ Cales After Midnight and Cocaine are both featured on Claptons new career retrospective, Complete Clapton, in addition to Cales Ride the River, which the pair recorded for last years collaborative effort, The Road To Escondido. In addition, Clapton also praises Cale highly in his just published autobiography stating that In my humble opinion, he is one of the most important artists in the history of rock, quietly representing the greatest asset his country has ever had... Clapton: The Autobiography and Complete Clapton are now available in stores, along with Cales own recent release, Rewind: Unreleased Recordings.
JJ Cale's "Rewind: Unreleased Recordings" Due In October
A new collection of never-before-heard JJ Cale work, titled Rewind: Unreleased Recordings, is set for release October 2 in North America and October 8 worldwide. The album comprises fourteen songs recorded between 1973 and 1983 by Cale with longtime producer Audie Ashworth. Cale is accompanied on the recordings by an impressive array of musicians including guitarist Richard Thompson, bassist Tim Drummond, pianist Glen D. Hardin, keyboardist Spooner Oldham and drummer Jim Keltner. The collection features eight Cale originals and a rare number of covers, including tunes by Eric Clapton, Leon Russell, Waylon Jennings and Randy Newman. The recordings, which were unearthed with the help of Ashworths widow, Bonnie, offer a fascinating new view of Cales influential sound and style. "Hearing them took me back to what I was doing then and where I was when I was doing it," Cale said. "It's like looking at old family photographs." Cale currently has no tour plans, but if that changes, any new dates will be posted on this site.
Rosebud Artists Score In Downbeat Critics Poll
Bill Frisell was named Best Guitarist for the fourth year in a row (and seventh in 10 years) in Downbeat's Critics Poll. Several frequent Frisell collaborators were also honored: Sam Yahel was on top in the Rising Star Organ category and Jenny Scheinman was named #1 Rising Star Violin, while producer (and Frisell manager) Lee Townsend, drummers Brian Blade and Joey Baron, and violinist Eyvind Kang were among the honorees in their respective categories.
Bettye LaVette and Charlie Musselwhite both placed in the top 10 for Blues Artist/Group, and Tommy Castro was among the Rising Star Blues Artist/Group honorees. The Blues Album category included JJ Cale & Eric Claptons "The Road To Escondido" as well as Musselwhites "Delta Hardware". Elvis Costello & Allen Toussaints "The River In Reverse" and Richard Thompsons "The Life And Music Of Richard Thompson" were honored in the Beyond Album category.
Congratulations to all the honorees!
J J Cale Makes Rare Concert Appearance with Eric Clapton
J J Cale made a rare concert appearance March 15 at the ipay One Center in San Diego with Eric Clapton. In the wake of their collaborative hit CD, The Road To Escondido, Eric invited Cale on stage to perform five of his songs (including, of course, After Midnight and Cocaine and three songs off the new CD) with Eric's band during a special segment in the middle of Eric's set. The entire concert was filmed for an as yet undetermined use. J J Cale had not appeared on stage since his 2004 tour and, in fact, that tour was initially instigated by Eric's invitation to join him at his Crossroads Guitar Festival. Cale still has no touring plans but, if that changes, dates will be posted on this site. For more on the San Diego event, see the links below.
EC Official: JJ Cale Joins Clapton On Stage In San Diego >>
Rosebud Artists Honored on Amazon's Best Music of 2006
Amazon.com has released their annual picks for Best Music of the Year and Rosebud artists Allen Toussaint, JJ Cale, Ann Savoy, Charlie Musselwhite and Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars are among those honored. Allen Toussaint's CD The River In Reverse with Elvis Costello was recognized in the Top 100 Editor's Picks list. JJ Cale & Eric Clapton's The Road To Escondido appears as #37 on the Customer's Top 100 list. Charlie Musselwhite's Delta Hardware was recognized as the #1 CD of the year in the Blues category, while Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars debut CD Living Like A Refugee was selected as the #4 CD of the year in the International category. Ann Savoy of The Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band appears twice in both the Customer's Top 100 list and #3 in the Folk category for her CD Adieu False Heart with Linda Ronstadt. Congratulations to all.
For more information and to purchase CDs, please visit Amazon's Best Music of 2006 >>.
JJ Cale's "Collected" Goes Gold in The Netherlands
JJ Cale's, Collected, has just achieved gold sales status in The Netherlands. The 3 disc compilation features studio and live tracks from throughout Cale's career as well as never before released tracks from a radio session taped in Holland on his last tour there in 1994. The album is currently only available in The Netherlands where it reached #1 in August and is still enjoying a spot in the Top 10.
JJ Cale's latest project is a full CD collaboration with Eric Clapton entitled The Road To Escondido which will be available worldwide on November 7. The first single from the CD, "Ride The River", is now available as a download on iTunes.
JJ Cale and Eric Clapton join forces on new CD, The Road to Escondido
JJ Cale and Eric Clapton have joined forces on their new CD, The Road To Escondido, to be released November 7. In a true collaboration, Cale and Clapton jointly produced and recorded the album's 14 tracks, 11 of which are JJ Cale compositions. The project came about when, after joining Cale on stage for his set at Clapton's Crossroads festival, Clapton asked Cale to consider producing an upcoming album for him and the depth of the collaboration grew from there. In addition to veterans of Cale's touring band, guest musicians on the album include Taj Majal, John Mayer, Derek Trucks, Albert Lee, Doyle Bramhall II, Steve Jordan, Willie Weeks, Pino Palladino, Nathan East and Billy Preston to whom the project is dedicated along with Clapton's late friend Brian Roylance.
JJ Cale's "Collected" is #1 on Netherlands Pop CD Charts
JJ Cale's new compilation album, Collected is #1 on Netherlands Pop CD Charts. The 3 disc album, currently only available in The Netherlands, features 60 tracks from throughout Cale's career. The album includes both studio and live versions of his hits "Cocaine," "After Midnight" and "Call Me The Breeze" as well as other classic and lesser known tracks. Watch for more exciting news from JJ Cale coming soon.
JJ Cale New Documentary, Best Of CD & Clapton Revisits "After Midnight"
JJ Cale's music will be featured in three soon to be released projects. First off, on May 23 Eric Clapton will release a remastered and expanded
JJ Cale and Refugee All Stars Documentaries Feature on the International Film Festival Circuit
The JJ Cale and Refugee All Stars documentaries continue to be featured at film festivals worldwide. "The Refugee All Stars" film has won 7 major awards at various festivals including AFI International Film Festival, SXSW Film Festival, Miami International Film Festival and Nashville Film Festival. The JJ Cale documentary, "To Tulsa And Back - On Tour with JJ Cale", has played at IDFA Amsterdam, Hof International Film Festival, DOK.Fest in Munich, Docaviv Israel and Nashville Film Festival. "To Tulsa And Back" will be released on DVD by Time Life on June 13 in the US. Both films will be featured at the upcoming Seattle International Film Festival with Refugee All Stars screening Sat, June 10 and Tues, June 13 and To Tulsa and Back screening Wed, June 14 and Sun, June 18.
J J Cale and Refugee All Stars Documentaries Double Bill at Nashville Film Festival
JJ Cale and Refugee All Stars documentaries will, coincidentally, be featured in consecutive screenings at the upcoming Nashville Film Festival on April 24. The award-winning Refugee All Stars documentary chronicles the journey of a group of musicians who came together in the refugee camps of Guinea after fleeing the civil war in Sierra Leone. To Tulsa And Back, the JJ Cale documentary, follows the legendary musician and songwriter on his most recent tour including a visit to his childhood home and high school and interviews with many of his long time friends and associates. Watch for the Cale documentary to be available on DVD in North America in late June. For more information on the Nashville Film Festival, please go to Nashville Film Festival >>
JJ Cale Featured on All Star "Mad Dogs and Okies" Album
JJ Cale is featured more prominently than anyone else on a new all star album called Mad Dogs and Okies. The project, produced by Jamie Oldaker (renowned drummer - Eric Clapton, Bob Seger, Freddie King, Phil Collins), focuses on artists, musicians and writers with a distinctive Oklahoma sound. JJ Cale sings two songs on the album, "Daylight" and "Motormouth," the latter a duet with Willie Nelson. A third Cale song, "Magnolia" is covered by Tony Joe White. Other major artists on the album include Eric Clapton, Taj Mahal, Vince Gill and Peter Frampton.
JJ Cales "Call Me The Breeze" in The Dukes of Hazzard Film & Soundtrack CD
Lynyrd Skynyrd's classic cover of JJ Cale's Call Me The Breeze is featured in the big screen version of the 1970s television favorite, The Dukes of Hazzard, starring Jessica Simpson, Willie Nelson, and Burt Reynolds. The song is also included on the soundtrack CD.
JJ Cales "Cocaine" in The Bad News Bears Film & Soundtrack CD
In the meantime, JJ Cale has been working on a few major projects. Watch for announcements coming soon.
Eric Claptons Crossroads Guitar Festival DVD Features JJ Cale and Robert Cray plus Duke Robillard
JJ Cale and Robert Cray are both featured on the just released two disc, four hour plus DVD of Eric Claptons Crossroads Guitar Festival which took place in Dallas this past June. Duke Robillard is also shown performing with blues legends Honeyboy Edwards and Robert Lockwood Junior. The DVD chronicles the festival which brought together dozens of the world's top rock, blues, country, jazz, and folk guitarists and also included Rosebud artist, Johnny A.. Check out the Crossroads Media Player for clips and snapshots from the festival.
JJ Cale Blues Revue Cover, Clapton Film and More
JJ Cale is featured on the October/November Blues Revue cover with an extensive and entertaining interview. Cale is also featured in an extensive interview in the November issue Vintage Guitar Magazine and in a full page feature in the current Fader Magazine. Watch for Cale's appearance in the DVD and PBS film of Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival featuring Eric performing with Cale throughout his set at the all-star event.
Eric Clapton joined JJ Cale for Cale's entire set Saturday night (June 6, 2004) at the Crossroads Guitar Festival in Dallas. Songs featured included Cale's "Call Me The Breeze", "Ride Me High" and three more songs written by Cale and covered by Clapton. Cale introduced the first of those by saying here's a song that both Eric and I have recorded, "Cocaine". Other Cale songs covered by Clapton that they played included "After Midnight" and "Travelin' Light". This was the very first time the two artists have appeared on stage together in North America.
Cale is in the midst of a US tour in support of his new CD, To Tulsa And Back.
Rosebuds Gather For Clapton Benefit
Among the artists featured at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival in Dallas June 4-6 are several Rosebud artists. JJ Cale (whose songs "After Midnight" and "Cocaine" are among Clapton's biggest hits) will perform Saturday night. Robert Cray who co-wrote "Old Love" with Eric after Eric had covered Cray's "Bad Influence", will appear in an all star jam Saturday night with Eric, Buddy Guy and Jimmie Vaughan. Cray appears again Sunday in the Cotton Bowl with The Robert Cray Band. Also on the festival are Johnny A., performing early Sunday and Duke Robillard who performs as part of a blues clinic with Robert Jr. Lockwood and Honeyboy Edwards. Booker T. Jones will also perform along with the MGs during the Cotton Bowl show. The event is a benefit for Crossroads Rehabilitation Clinic in Antigua.
JJ Cale's First Studio CD In 8 Years & On Tour Now
JJ Cale is set to release his first studio CD in 8 years, To Tulsa And Back, on June 8. In conjunction with the release of the new CD, Cale is hitting the road across the United States and Canada (see tour dates). One key date is a performance at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival. Two of Clapton's biggest hits, "Cocaine" and "After Midnight" (along with other Cale covers by EC "I'll Make Love To You Anytime" and "Travelin' Light") were written by Cale. When asked in the June issue of Vanity Fair what living person he most admired, Clapton answered, JJ Cale.
JJ Cale COMPLETES FIRST STUDIO ALBUM IN EIGHT YEARS,
To Tulsa And Back is JJ Cales first new studio album since 1996s Guitar Man. But as he says, It doesnt seem that long. You just cant rush the good things in life and that includes Cale, who, for his Sanctuary Records debut, went back to his hometown of Tulsa to record.
Set for a street date of June 8, the album is at once different than albums before it while reassuringly retaining the trademark sound that has made Cale an American music legend for more than 30 years. Cale is best known for his compositions -- some of them hits for Eric Clapton and others for himself -- including After Midnight, Cocaine, Call Me The Breeze, and Crazy Mama. His songs have been covered by everyone from Lynyrd Skynyrd, Deep Purple, the Allman Brothers Band, Johnny Cash, The Band and Santana to Captain Beefheart and Bryan Ferry. Beyond the songs, his style profoundly influenced Dire Straits, Clapton and many others.
Eric Clapton Covers JJ Cales Cocaine Once Again
Eric Clapton has covered JJ Cales Cocaine on his new live CD, One More Car, One More Rider. Clapton covered Cales Traveling Light on his most recent CD, Reptile, and has covered Cales Cocaine and After Midnight several times each as they both rank among his most popular songs. Clapton recently told Mojo Magazine that JJ Cale is the one artist he would like to be if he was anyone else.
E Town Airs Rosebuds JJ Cale, The Blind Boys of Alabama, and Mike Kappus
Nationally syndicated radio program, E-Town, recently aired segments by JJ Cale and band, The Blind Boys of Alabama, and Rosebud founder/owner, Mike Kappus. The features were taped on two separate nights in front of sold out audiences at the Boulder Theatre in mid August. JJ Cale performed with his band and was also joined by host Nick Forrester. The shows other featured guest, Beth Orton, joined Cale on his classic, Cajun Moon. Two nights later, The Blind Boys of Alabama taped their performance. Mike Kappus was interviewed during that show about his environmental commitment and Rosebuds solar powered office.
JJ Cale Live DVD, "The Lost Session", Due August 27 From Classic Pictures
Classic Pictures will release JJ Cale's first live DVD "The Lost Session" on August 27, 2002. This DVD is an intimate look at JJ Cale and band performing his hits in an informal session at LA's Paradise Studios in 1979 with Leon Russell on keyboards. This rare and unique footage has never been seen before now and gives fans the chance to see this unique talent at work.
JJ Cale, Randall Bramblett Perform with Widespread Panic
JJ Cale and Randall Bramblett took the stage with Widespread Panic last night at the Smirnoff Music Center in Dallas, TX. Bramblett (saxophone) joined the group for "Christmas Katie" midway through the second set. Cale (guitar, vocals) then emerged for "Ride Me High" and returned for the encore, "Pickin' Up The Pieces." Cale, who opened the show, is probably best known for his classic "After Midnight," which Eric Clapton popularized (his version became a Top 20 hit in 1970)...
JJ Cale Adds First Live Shows In Over Five Years
JJ Cale has set tour dates for the first time in over five years. The new dates are solo performances but watch for special guests to show up on a reqular basis. More dates are being added regularly so watch for Cale to cover much of the US before the summer is over... tour date >>
J J Cale's Long Way Home in Bandits
J J Cale's "Long Way Home" gets a prominent airing in the current hit movie, Bandits, starring Billy Bob Thornton, Bruce Willis and Kate Blanchett. Cale continues to keep a low profile personally but recently released his first live CD featuring all his hits.
Four Rosebud Artists Honored with W. C. Handy Award Nominations
J J Cale's first ever live CD is being released June 5. The CD features all the most popular Cale classics recorded at shows from San Francisco's Great American Music Hall, to London's Hammersmith Apollo to the legendary Carnegie Hall among other venues. In the meantime, Eric Clapton's latest JJ Cale cover, "Travelin Light" is being used in Eric's current American Express ad. Clapton kicked off his solo career with Cale's "After Midnight", followed by a later smash with Cale's "Cocaine".
Eric Clapton Covers JJ Cale On New Reptile CD, Cale Live CD Upcoming
Eric Clapton when asked by Mojo Magazine (September 2000 issue) "Which musician (other than yourself) have you ever wanted to be?" answered "I don't model myself on him but I like JJ Cale, his philosophy, writing skills, musicianship. He's a fine, superior musician, one of the masters of the last three decades of music. He doesn't make records now, because he doesn't like the music scene, doesn't want any part of it, so he kind of retired in protest. I understand a lot about that. "
Rosebud Artists Featured on Fish, Tree, Water Blues - Environmental Project to benefit Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund
Rosebud artists J J Cale,The Robert Cray Band, John Hammond & John Lee Hooker, Charlie Musselwhite (with Bob Weir), Mavis Staples and Loudon Wainwright III join Ani DiFranco, Etta James, Ruth Brown (with Duke Robillard on guitar), Tracy Nelson, Branford Marsalis & Joe Louis Walker, Keb Mo, Alvin Youngblood Hart and Roomful of Blues in contributing to Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund's "Fish, Tree, Water" Blues CD to raise awareness and funds for their campaign of the same name. Watch for a national print media campaign featuring Robert Cray to highlight the cause.
JJ Cale's "Slower Baby" featured on Palmetto soundtrack
JJ Cale's "Slower Baby" from his Closer To You CD on Delabel / Virgin is featured on the soundtrack for the new Woody Harrelson / Elizabeth Shue film, Palmetto.
JJ Cale track in Howard Stern movie
We could have headlined this item "JJ Cale's Cocaine in Howard Stern's Private Parts" but that would be a bit tacky wouldn't it? At any rate, it's true that Cale's classic hit was featured in Howard's hit movie. Watch for a JJ Cale anthology to be issued early this Summer.
JJ Cale's Guitar Man Tour
JJ Cale is about to commence touring in support of his new Delabel / Virgin CD, Guitar Man. A legendary writer, JJ Cale is best known for his songs ("After Midnight", "Cocaine", "They Call Me The Breeze", "Crazy Mama", "The Sensitive Kind" and many more) and rarely hits the road for live dates. That all changes this month when Cale plays in the Midwest and Eastern US as well as Toronto and Montreal between September 13 and 29. See the itinerary page for specific dates and venues.
JJ Cale continues streak of famous covers
JJ Cale's "Thing Going On" is featured on the hit soundtrack for Phenomenon. Cale's own new record, Guitar Man, is climbing the AAA charts nationwide.
In addition to the track in Phenomenon, his music is also currently covered by several other artists: On the current CD by Gatemouth Brown ("Don't Cry Sister"), the Randy Crawford R&B hit single ("Cajun Moon"), the latest record by The Band ("Crazy Mama"), and Eric Clapton's Crossroads 2 box set ("Cocaine").
Cale will be making a limited number of live appearances this Fall. Please watch the tour dates listings on this site for updates.