There are musicians' musicians, and then there's J.J. Cale. The iconic Okie songwriter has been lauded and subsequently covered by artists as diverse as Spiritualized and Beck, not to mention Eric Clapton, whose famous renditions of "Cocaine" and "After Midnight" gave Cale the mainstream clout he enjoys today. Still, Cale has generally managed to stay out of the limelight, living off other musicians' praises and, of course, a bunch of fat royalty checks from Clapton Inc.
And now the cult hero and enigmatic dude is set to release Roll On,
his first solo album in almost five years. Details are spare at the moment, but the record will be Cale's first since his Grammy-winning
collaboration with Eric Clapton, The Road to Escondido
and his first on Rounder Records. There's no tracklist yet, but we do
know that Clapton will guest on the record's title track. Does that
make us excited? All signs point to yes.