Roll On (2009) Best known as the guy who wrote Eric Clapton's "After Midnight," JJ Cale has been releasing his own supremely mellow blues-rock records for nearly 40… 2009-02-24 J.J. Cale Blues
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Roll On (2009)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Feb 24, 2009; Lead Performance: J.J. Cale; Genre: Blues

Best known as the guy who wrote Eric Clapton's ''After Midnight,'' JJ Cale has been releasing his own supremely mellow blues-rock records for nearly 40 years. So the fact that he just turned 70 is hardly an issue here; old-guy music is the only kind Cale knows how to make. Roll On is best at its loosest, as in opener ''Who Knew,'' where Cale accents a throwaway jazz lick with some appealingly goofy scat singing, and the title track, which sports a sweet Clapton solo atop Cale's rambling roadhouse groove. B

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Originally posted Feb 18, 2009 Published in issue #1036 Feb 27, 2009 Order article reprints