R.I.P. J.J. Cale

We lost a music legend last week when J.J. Cale climbed that stairway to rock heaven.

He was a humble and somewhat elusive singer-songwriter from Oklahoma City, pretty content playing roadhouses and small theaters for fifty years.  Cale was a tough act to catch, so I’m feeling pretty lucky to have seen him play a few times.   The Gothic theater in Denver and the Sweetwater in Mill Valley come to mind, perfect venues for his sound.

Ahhhhh….J.J. Cale, J.J. Cale.

Rest in peace buddy.  When Neil Young says that you, and Jimi Hendrix are his guitar idols…you’re in.  You’re rock royalty,  And with your recent passing, you too shall pass into the halls of rock gods!

Folksie blues in the 70’s –

Saucey in the 80’s –

In 2004, with Eric Clapton backing him up –

One of my favorite J.J. Cale songs – “If You’re Ever in Oklahoma” set to a photo tribute.


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