We are saddened to hear of the passing of guitarist/singer/songwriter J.J. Cale, who suffered a heart attack last Friday. He was 74. We'll celebrate his life Monday night with this, his first album, which was released in 1972. Cale had already been eking out a living in music for over a decade when this was recorded, supporting Leon Russell and Delaney & Bonnie among others, but Eric Clapton provided his breakthrough opportunity with a Top 40 hit in 1970 for his "After Midnight" (which shows up here, along with "Call Me the Breeze", which became a hit for Lynyrd Skynyrd in '74.) The Okie's classic laid-back, country-roots style is fully developed on this debut release, which also includes the hit "Crazy Mama". Rest in peace, John Weldon Cale.