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J.J. Cale

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J.J.Cale: Travel Log

Review by Andy Gill, Q, December 1989

SOME ARTISTS set a style so distinctively their own they become immediately generic; as with The Ramones or Led Zeppelin, J.J. Cale's first album Naturally ...

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Andrew Lauder (1990)

Interview by Andy Gill, Rock's Backpages audio, 1990

From the Groundhogs to the Stone Roses: the music-industry legend narrates his journey from '60s Denmark Street to '90s Madchester via United Artists Records; talks about Hawkwind and Dr. Feelgood, signing the Stranglers and Buzzcocks, Radar Records and F-Beat, Nick Lowe and Elvis Costello, Demon Records and the CD/catalogue revolution; Silvertone Records and the Stone Roses... and the many changes in the music business over the years.

File format: mp3; file size: 60.7mb, interview length: 1h 03' 12" sound quality: ***

J.J. Cale (1990)

Interview by Larry Jaffee, Rock's Backpages audio, 19 March 1990

Tulsa's finest talks about recording, songwriting, Leon Russell, Paul Simon and Spooner Oldham, Silvertone Records, 'After Midnight' and much more.

File format: mp3; file size: 52.5mb, interview length: 59' 03" sound quality: ***

J.J. Cale (1996)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages audio, March 1996

The 'After Midnight' Man takes us back to Tulsa, and on to L.A.: how he's stayed a step outside the music business, how Clapton's 'After Midnight' cover saved his ass, and on the changes he's seen in his many years as a musician

File format: mp3; file size: 43.2meg, interview length: 44' 59" sound quality: ***

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J.J. Cale, Bonnie Raitt: The Ash Grove, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 17 March 1972

J. J. Cale on Stage at Ash Grove ...

J. J. Cale: Really (Shelter)

Review by Robot A. Hull, Creem, March 1973

J.J. CALE just loves to mumble. Like, if he were peeking over my shoulder right now, watching me write this, and I suddenly asked him ...

Contemporary Songwriter: J.J. Cale

Profile by Martin Hayman, Sounds, 10 March 1973

Just listen to the mystery man ...

J.J.Cale: Really (A&M)

Review by Charlie Gillett, Let It Rock, May 1973

If J.J. Cale were told to climb a mountain, he’d probably ask to be blindfolded and then start walking up backwards. He likes to make ...

JJ Cale: Okie

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 8 June 1974

YEAH, KING of the Laid-Back and all that bananas, but it goes a little deeper than that – cos, even though he probably spends more ...

J.J. Cale: A Natural Man

Interview by Ed Jones, Melody Maker, 6 March 1976

The legendary apostle of laid-back rock, J.J. Cale, is coming to Britain for two London concerts next month and his new album and old material ...

J.J. Acts Naturally

Profile and Interview by Ian Birch, Sounds, 17 April 1976

Which means he doesn't talk much. But Ian Birch gives us the full low-down on the low-key Mr. Cale. ...

J.J. Cale: How He Gets His Unique Sound When Playing Live And Recording

Interview by Ed Jones, Melody Maker, 17 April 1976

SO FINALLY J. J. CALE MADE IT TO BRITAIN. The sleepy Okie singer, guitarist and master of the recording studio isn't particularly keen on talking ...

J.J. Cale: Endurance Of The Anti-Hero

Interview by Martin Hayman, Street Life, 1 May 1976

J.J. Cale reckons he's pretty good at doing nothing. He sleeps as long as he can ...

J.J. Cale: Troubadour

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 25 September 1976

THERE ARE only a few things you need to know about J.J. Cale. ...

J.J. Cale Knocks Himself Out

Report and Interview by Susin Shapiro, The Village Voice, 14 February 1977

J.J. CALE IS not smiling. He hasn't smiled for 53 minutes of his set at My Father's Place. The set — highlights from all four ...

J.J. Cale's Cooking a Low-Burner Affair

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 16 October 1979

J.J. Cale: Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Los Angeles ...

J.J. Cale: Busy Doing Nothing

Profile and Interview by Mark Cooper, Q, November 1989

J.J.CALE LEANS back from his lunch and reaches for the tab, waving aside the objections of his guests with unusual tenacity. "Might as well do ...

J.J. Cale: Henry Fonda Theatre, Hollywood

Live Review by Steven P. Wheeler, Music Connection, May 1990

MENTION THE name of J.J. Cale to any blues/rock guitarist and you'll be greeted with a knowing grin and a nod of appreciation. Cale remains ...

6 Weeks On, 46 Off: J.J. Cale's Got it Made

Interview by Dave DiMartino, Musician, November 1990

"ALL MY records are kind of in a demo state," says the elusive J.J. Cale, typically self-effacing, in the L.A. office of BMG Records one ...

J.J. Cale: No Name, No Number, No Pack Drill

Interview by Dave DiMartino, MOJO, July 1994

HE IS THE MOST unrecognizable man in pop music; success, it seems, comes to him only when he wants it. And a major part of ...

J.J. Cale: Hammersmith Apollo, London

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, December 1994

WHISPERING BOB Harris introduces him as "very simply a legend", this grizzled geezer who's spent the intermission on stage with his back to the audience ...

J.J. Cale: Quiet Life

Interview by Paul Trynka, Guitar, April 1995

"I DO INTERVIEWS every once in a while," sighs J.J. Cale, with a resigned expression. "In fact, with this new album I think I've done ...

J.J. Cale: Anyway the Wind Blows

Sleeve notes by Colin Escott, Mercury Records, 1996

COINCIDENCE OR NOT, the phrase "laid back" crept into common use right around the time of J.J. Cale's first album. Nearly everyone but Cale missed ...

25 Years From Tulsa: J.J. Cale

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, The Independent, April 1996

FIFTEEN MINUTES before J.J. Cale is due to take the famous stage of Manhattan’s Carnegie Hall, a wiry, hobo-ish figure can be seen wandering across ...

J.J. Cale: Guitar Man (Virgin/Delabel)

Review and Interview by Andy Gill, MOJO, June 1996

THERE'S SOMETHING IMMENSELY comforting about Cale's stubbly resistance to musical fashions, and that warmth spreads easily through this album, which has the same intimate feel, ...

J.J. Cale: Q&A on Guitar Man

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, Spring 1996

MOJO: Does making albums get harder or easier with time? ...

J.J. Cale: To Tulsa And Back

Review by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, July 2004

After an eight-year wait, a new studio album from the musician Eric Clapton said he wouldn't mind being. ...

J.J. Cale Rolls On

Profile and Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 24 February 2009

ESCONDIDO — J.J. Cale is enjoying his lunch in a corner booth at Olive Garden, cloaked in the anonymity he's taken pains to cultivate throughout ...

Laying Low: The Elusive J.J. Cale Releases Possibly His Final Opus

Report by Geoffrey Himes, Baltimore City Paper, 25 February 2009

THE POPULAR MYTH about the Velvet Underground is that the band never sold many records, but everyone who bought one started a band. As exaggerations ...

J.J. Cale: The Real Slowhand

Retrospective and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, September 2009

IT'S A SUNNY morning in San Francisco but the hotel conference room is dark, empty except for an enormous table circled by chairs. One of ...

Real Gone: J.J. Cale

Obituary by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, July 2013

Call him the breeze. The originator of the Tulsa Sound died age 74 of a heart attack in California. ...


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