Naturally - j.j. cALE
Released in 1971 by an almost apologetic guitar hero... though he wasn't a 'hero' to many folks too far from Oklahoma at that point in time, JJ Cale put himself on a bigger map with this album.
Eric Clapton scored a big hit with 'After Midnight', but not without letting everyone know it was his soon-to-be good buddy, Cale who wrote the now-classic.
'Don't Go To Strangers' has been covered by shitloads of folks. It's a relatively new one to me and I went from Paul Weller to someone else to Boz Scaggs thinking what's everyone covering this shitty song for and who fucking wrote it to begin with? Found out it was JJ and gave his a listen, fearing the worst (he's been a hero to me for a looonnnggg time)... but the hero came through! What a fuckin' great lil' ditty!
Then you have 'Magnolia' and if you hear of a buddy who dances with a girl to this tune and can't get past second base, your buddy is a lost cause... or he bats for the other team. But I digress, a bit.
Yes, all the songs are too short (it would've been a fantastic jam band double album) and no, you can't appreciate his nuanced guitar and compositional splendor via a quick listen, but this is one fabulous record to enjoy, over and over again.
The best of February to yas !
JJ & the Belmar Guitar crew