I saw Cale twice.
Both times in MNLPS, MN.
The first time was at the Guthrie Theater circa 89/90.
It was my birthday and my wife bought me a ticket (she didnt want to go?!).
There were a few single seats in the 1st row right in front of the band, and I got one!
I saw the entire show only 15-20 ft from Cale.
He had Steve Douglas on sax, Spooner Oldham on keyboards, Christine Lakeland (his wife) on guitar, Bill Raffensberger on bass and Jimmy Karstein on drums.
I later found a recording of that specific show, and have it in cd collection of live Cale boots I found on line years ago.
2nd time was at an outdoor show by one of the lakes in downtown MNLPS, circa 97/98
Arlo Guthrie was there along with a few other acts.
I took along a buddy and my 9 year old daughter.
He wasnt quite as good as the night at the Guthrie; but it was still wonderful!!
JJ Cale truly was a unique talent and almost ground zero for what we now call "Americana."
I knew the JJ Cale version of "Call Me the Breeze" when my brother gave me the Skynyrd "One More From the Road" lp. I thought they butchered it. Lost the whole vibe.Aha! I didn't even know Skynyrd covered it!
This one is one of my favorites. His guitar playing is so cool. The song sounds like it should be in the opening title sequence of a great, great movie.
Whenever I hear covers of "Call Me the Breeze" I am struck at how un-breezy they sound compared to the original JJ Cale recording. It's like they didn't get the point of the song at all.
I like the way JJ Cale's recordings sound almost like demos. They capture so much intimacy, spontaneity, and the little sonic idiosyncrasies of the moment. You don't have to be perfect to be perfect.
When I first heard Lynyrd Skynyrd's version of Call Me The Breeze it was perfect for the 13 year old me-loud electric guitars, lyric about freedom and it swung. I wasn't mature enough to appreciate the original. One hallmark of a good song is that it can be interpreted different ways and still work.Whenever I hear covers of "Call Me the Breeze" I am struck at how un-breezy they sound compared to the original JJ Cale recording. It's like they didn't get the point of the song at all.
Big fan. A big deal in tulsa obviously. Don’t let his final album slip by you - Roll On is classic Cale.
Not to be confused with violinist John Cale of The Velvet Underground, JJ Cale was an American
guitarist, singer, songwriter and sound engineer. Though he avoided the limelight, his influence as a musical artist has been acknowledged by figures such as Mark Knopfler, Neil Young, Bonnie Raitt, Waylon Jennings, Melissa Etheridge and Eric Clapton, who described him as "one of the most important artists in the history of rock". He is one of the originators of the Tulsa sound, a loose genre drawing on blues, rockabilly, country, and jazz.
In 2008, Cale and Clapton received a Grammy Award for their album The Road to Escondido.
JJ Cale is a very underappreciated songwriter. Most people may remember him for his song Crazy Mama, which was also his only Top 40 hit.
But most people may also remember that JJ Cale wrote the song Call Me The Breeze, which became a massive hit for Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd when they recorded it in 1974.
JJ Cale is a very good example of boogie rock and blues rock. I do wish people spoke about him in the same way they spoke about Jerry Garcia or even early Fleetwood Mac, because JJ Cale was a great guitarist, and he certainly should be in the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame.