Today’s track is all about tomorrow with J.J. Cale
There’s nothing better on a Thursday evening than to think about the night after, and that’s why tonight’s #TrackOfTheDay is all about Friday. Our selection comes from J.J. Cale‘s 1979 album 5, and the track we have chosen is Friday – a smooth folk-rock, bluesy number which stands out even among so many other great tracks. To us Cale is literally a one-man hits factory, as so many of his songs could have gone on to be classics for other artists who would crave the limelight more.
Known by most for writing arguably two of Eric Clapton’s greatest tracks Cocaine and After Midnight, the entire J.J. Cale back catalogue had a distinctive sound which you could instantly pick out of a line up. Cale’s sounds take you throughout the emotional spectrum, without diverting too often from the sounds that have made him his living. He uses guitar sparingly at times, and Friday is one of those tracks where he lets bass and drums take the fore, even the keys get a better run out than Cale’s folksy guitar tones.
Not just a legend to us – but a reference point to any blues aficionado, even Clapton one of the greatest bluesmen alive owes a lot to Cale’s influence. In fact Eric recorded an album The Road To Escondido with J.J. in 2006, featuring lots of Cale classics including Anyway The Wind Blows and Don’t Cry Sister. It might not be a classic to you, but it is certainly a classic to us – download yourself a copy by clicking the link below. Make your thoughts known in the comments below and dial in for another #TrackOfTheDay tomorrow.
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J.J. Cale - Friday
We will not hear a bad word said about J.J. Cale as we think the sun shines out of his backside. There are those out there who level criticisms that he is a bit middle of the road, or that you cant play his music at welding volume, which we can understand. But we fight back with the claim that there is not a drink on this Earth that you cannot sit in an armchair and relax to J.J. Cale with. Except maybe a Daiquiri. J.J. Cale cant be all things to all people – so what. Download today.