Smooth Oklahoma Legend

May 26, 2000
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Pros:All

Cons:He is not heard by too many people,and should be!!!

J.J. Cale is one of the most innovative and unrecognized artists that has been around for the last thirty years. His mellow, smokey vocals and laid back guitar playing is phenomenal to say the least. Troubadour is a very good album for anyone who wants an introduction to this guitar legend's music catalog.

This album has the original "Cocaine" which Eric Clapton covered and made popular, I really like J.J.'s version however,it is more funky and you can just sense his one- time affiliation with the 70's drug of choice. "Ride Me High" is another great song on here with keyboards as funkified as Dr. John or Bernie Worrel,it is also covered by Widespread Panic at many live shows.I really enjoy "Cherry" which is a very mellow, bluesy song with percussion that is very slow and easy as Jim Beam on the rocks.

This album is full of fun sexual innuendo such as "Let Me Do It To You" a very funky song which highlights J.J.'s guitar experimentation and down home soul. His other albums that I would also recommend would be "Number Five", "Naturally","Okie", and "Grasshopper". This Oklahoma native is very laid back and many guitarists have been influenced by him such as Eric Clapton and Michael Houser Of Widespread Panic.The closest to J.J. that you can get by another artist is Eric Clapton who has been influenced by J.J. and covers his "After Midnight" as well. Check him out, You will not be disappointed by this legend.


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