New JJ Cale Album, ‘Stay Around,’ Set for April Release

The posthumous collection of unreleased material is the first new Cale album in a decade.
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A new JJ Cale album featuring previously unreleased material, Stay Around, will be released in April.

The singer, songwriter and guitarist, who wrote “Call Me the Breeze,” a hit for Lynyrd Skynyrd, and “After Midnight” and “Cocaine,” made famous by Eric Clapton, died in July 2013 at 74.

Compiled by his widow, the musician Christine Lakeland Cale, and his friend and longtime manager Mike Kappus, Stay Around is set for an April 26 release via Because Music. It’s the first new Cale album since 2009’s Roll On.

You can check out the album’s first single, “Chasing You,” below.

 ” ‘Roll On,’ the title track of Cale’s last studio album, was 34 years old,” Kappus said about Stay Around. “He would burn me CDs of demos, and one time I said, ‘You’ve got two good albums on here.’ Some of the tracks had detailed information, some of them had nothing. Some songs might be a full band of his buddies, others were him playing everything. These were songs he really did intend to do something with because they were carried to his typical level of production for release.”

In compiling Stay Around, Lakeland Cale said, “I wanted to find stuff that was completely unheard to max-out the ‘Cale factor,’ using as much that came from John’s ears and fingers and his choices as I could, so I stuck to John’s mixes. You can make things so sterile that you take the human feel out. But John left a lot of that human feel in. He left so much room for interpretation.”

You can check out the album art and full tracklist for Stay Around below.

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JJ Cale Stay Around track list:

1. Lights Down Low

2. Chasing You

3. Winter Snow

4. Stay Around

5. Tell You ‘Bout Her

6. Oh My My

7. My Baby Blues

8. Girl Of Mine

9. Go Downtown

10. If We Try

11. Tell Daddy

12. Wish You Were Here

13. Long About Sundown

14. Maria

15. Don’t Call Me Joe

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