Get SF Weekly Newsletters
Pin It

"Cocaine" Dealer 

Wednesday, Apr 1 2009
Comments

Few American musicians embody "laid-back" as well as JJ Cale does. The Oklahoma-born guitarist seems incapable of playing at speeds more rushed than his signature loping shuffle-boogie. He sings in a dry whisper while licks roll lazily off his fretboard. This aesthetic is obviously harder to achieve than it looks. Lesser musicians swallow sedatives to achieve such an easeful tone. This is why Cale — who wrote "Cocaine, " made famous by Eric Clapton — has had such a wide swath of admirers, from Beck to Beefheart, Santana to Spiritualized. His new album, Roll On, is more of the same bluesy hick-funk played by a man whose musical ease is truly effortless.

About The Author

Brian J. Barr

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed

Slideshows

  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"