J.J. Cale Travel-Log on 180g LP
American cult legend J.J. Cale forged an inspired career that spanned over four decades, all in his trademark laidback country-rock style. He received his first major exposure in 1970 thanks to Eric Clapton, who turned his song "After Midnight" into a hit overnight. A few years later lightning struck again as Clapton had the same result with Cale's "Cocaine."
The list goes on with bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd ("They Call Me The Breeze," "Bringing It Back") and Widespread Panic ("Travelin Light," "Ride Me High") among others bringing further fanfare to Cale's indelible songs. Artists as varied as Santana, The Allman Brothers, Johnny Cash, The Band, Chet Atkins, Freddie King and Captain Beefheart have also all covered his material. "Basically, I'm just a guitar player that figured out I wasn't ever gonna be able to buy dinner with my guitar playing so I got into songwriting, which is a little more profitable business," once said the always self-effacing Cale.
Originally issued on Silvertone/BMG in 1990, Travel-Log is Cale's ninth studio effort and first since 1983's #8. As always his signature meat and potatoes arrangements, unrivaled sense of groove and shuffling guitar work are the driving forces and Travel-Log adds up to be yet another consummate collection with homespun gems galore like "Shanghaid," "New Orleans," "Tijuana" and "Humdinger."
"It is my humble opinion, he is one of the most important artists in the history of rock, quietly representing the greatest asset his country has ever had." - Eric Clapton
"Of all the players I ever heard, it's gotta be Hendrix and JJ Cale who are the best electric guitar players." - Neil Young