On Thursdays I like to post some blues, just because. This one is a suggestion to those of you who like The Blues, because there's a CD which would make a great holiday present for a Blues lover. Eric Clapton and a star-studded list of artists have created an album as a tribute to J.J. Cale, perhaps the most covered songwriter in history.
Yeah, Skynyrd made this a big hit, but Cale wrote it. He also wrote "Cocaine" which Clapton took platinum. And "After Midnight". Waylon did "Clyde". Widespread Panic, Kansas, Santana, and Poco all had hit songs penned by Cale.
He also recorded his own, and once turned down an appearance on American Bandstand because he couldn't bring his band and because they wanted him to lip sync. Oh, and Neil Young said that Cale was in his opinion the best guitar player after Jimi Hendrix. Even ahead of Clapton. Here are Clapton and Cale playing together a few years ago. "Laid back" is the phrase that comes to mind listening to Cale.
Appearing on The Breeze: An Appreciation Of J.J. Cale with Clapton are Tom Petty, Mark Knopfler, John Mayer, and Willie Nelson (among others). The song here is my least favorite one on the disc.
Highly, highly recommended.