JJ Cale doesnâ€™t need an introduction, though he has long been one of rock’s under-appreciated players. From Lynyrd Skynyrdâ€™s well-loved cover ofÂ â€œCall Me the Breeze,â€ to Claptonâ€™s iconic take on â€œCocaineâ€ andÂ Widespread Panicâ€™s version of â€œTraveling Light,â€ any serious fan of classic rock knows that Cale is the man behind some of the greatest shuffle-driven ditties to come down the pike.
So itâ€™s entirely apt that someone finally tips their hat to the troubadour with a heartfelt effort to cover some of his best material. Colorado musician Dewey Paul serves up a very pleasing platter on Cale -AÂ Tribute to JJ Cale. From the excellent, soulful acoustic opener, â€œFancy Dancer,â€ Paul runs through the troubadour’s best, including the always amusing â€œMama Donâ€™t,â€ a fittingly soothing â€œMagnolia,â€ a slinkyÂ â€œRide Me and High,â€ and a â€œThirteen Daysâ€ that hits the spot.
Paul deftly absorbs the spirit and feel of Caleâ€™sÂ work deliveringÂ 16 credible and fun cuts.
Cale – A Tribute to JJ Cale is out now.