Here’s a nice twist on an old classic. If you are a fan of any or all of these bands you will like this. A little gem I found online featuring Stevie Ray Vaughan with Lynrd Skynrd and The Charlie Daniels Band. And they call ME the Breeze!
I felt this needed to be said on this post since originally posting it. The Breeze has been covered by so many people it’s not even funny. But it was written by JJ Cale.
“Call Me the Breeze” is a rock song by JJ Cale. It first appeared on his 1972 debut album, Naturally, as the opening track. The song consists of a 12-bar blues guitar shuffle and features the early use of a drum machine.
John Weldon “J. J.” Cale (December 5, 1938 – July 26, 2013) was an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Though he deliberately avoided the limelight his influence as a musical artist has been widely acknowledged by figures such as Neil Young and Eric Clapton, who described him as “one of the most important artists in the history of rock”. He is considered to be one of the originators of the Tulsa Sound, a loose genre drawing on blues, rockabilly, country, and jazz.
Many songs written by Cale have been recorded by other acts, including “After Midnight” and “Cocaine” by Eric Clapton; “Call Me the Breeze” by Lynyrd Skynyrd, John Mayer, Johnny Cash, and Bobby Bare; “Clyde” by Waylon Jennings and Dr. Hook; “I Got The Same Old Blues” by Captain Beefheart, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Freddie King, and Bryan Ferry; and “Magnolia” by Poco, Beck, Lucinda Williams, Iron and Wine, José Feliciano, Ben Bridwell, John Mayer with Eric Clapton and Sadie Johnson.
In 2008, Cale, along with Clapton, received a Grammy Award for their album The Road to Escondido.