eTown ‘After Midnight’ with J.J. Cale (2002)!

J.J. Cale - eTown Archive

It goes without saying that the late J.J. Cale was one of the most influential songwriters of our time. Over a career that spanned more than a dozen albums of his own, beginning with Naturally in 1972, Cale cultivated a quiet anonymity, doing few interviews, rarely performing live, and keeping his picture off his album covers in the first decade and a half of his career. However, in spite of his low profile, Cale exerted an influence on multiple generations of musicians (and many more to come) that is prevalent all over popular music today.

We had the pleasure of welcoming J.J. to eTown back in August of 2002 for a rousing performance that featured intimate solo tunes along with a few rockin’ classics with his band including one of his most famous tunes ‘After Midnight’ (made famous by Eric Clapton).

Also featured on this show was English singer/songwriter Beth Orton. Beth, who is known for her ‘folktronica’ sound, which mixes elements of folk and electronica, provided the eTown audience with an intimate, stripped down acoustic set and later in the show, being a J.J. Cale fan herself, Beth joined J.J. and his band on J.J.’s classic “Cajun Moon” to close out the show!

Kick back and enjoy the timeless songwriting of Mr. J.J. Cale.