JJ CALE - Stay Around (2019)
News of JJ Cale’s passing in 2013 pretty much came and went without much fanfare in the popular press. Which is understandable for a man who deliberately sought to live under the radar. Despite his influence and respected stature, Cale eschewed publicity and avoided the limelight. Cale’s sound has always been a low key, infectious groove and his influence on 20th Century music is easy to underestimate. But his influence was massive. It could be heard most notably in Eric Clapton, who made no secret of celebrating and paying tribute to Cale. What’s more, Clapton used his fame to graciously bring Cale to a wider audience he may not have enjoyed otherwise. Other fans include Beck and Neil Young, to name a few. The varied list of artists who have covered JJ Cale’s songs is truly impressive. Johnny Cash, Jerry Garcia, Bryan Ferry to Captain Beefheart. Today’s Dan Auerbach and John Mayer owe him a huge debt. Yet, there’s nothing like the genuine article. Cale created a signature sound and he made no bones about sticking to it. He always approached music on his own terms and you either went there or you didn’t. For my money, I went there. Time and time again. There’s nothing else like it. From the first note, you know who it is. JJ Cale was an original.
JJ Cale’s “Stay Around” is a posthumous collection of 15 previously unreleased tracks that is as authentic as any of the original and compilation albums he’s released over his long career.
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