J.J. CALE, best known for writing “After Midnight” and “Cocaine,” has paved his way as a renowned performer in his own right, notorious for his laid-back, rootsy style. At 21, Cale tried his hand in New York, Nashville and Hollywood, only to return home to pioneer what became the blueprint for adult-oriented roots-rock – coined the “Tulsa Sound.” Cale then signed to former band mate Leon Russell’s record label Shelter and released his solo debut, Naturally in December of 1971. A year earlier, Eric Clapton recorded Cale’s now infamous, “After Midnight.” Millions of fans worldwide are familiar with Eric Clapton’s rendition that rocketed up the charts in 1970. Not only did “After Midnight” mark Cale’s first hit as a songwriter, it was Clapton’s first worldwide smash as a solo artist. Naturally also produced several hits for Cale and for future artists to cover (“Call Me The Breeze,” “Crazy Mama” and “Travlin’ Light”). Releasing
an album every other year or so, Cale soon gained the reputation as a cult artist and eventually entered into seclusion after the release of his eighth album #8 (Mercury) in 1983. A decade later Cale resurfaced to fans’ delight with back-to-back albums. Once again established as a cult favorite and several releases later including Live (Narada) in 2001, Cale’s songwriting and unique sound continues to influence artists such as Eric Clapton and Dire Straits. His songs have been covered by everyone from Lynard Skynard and Deep Purple to Santana and Widespread Panic.