Watch: Animated video, Oklahoma album release plans revealed for JJ Cale's posthumous album 'Stay Around'
Because Music has released the rambling video for “Stay Around,” the title track for the first posthumous release of works by beloved Oklahoma native, songwriter, guitarist and singer JJ Cale.
The animated video follows a train as it rolls through distinctly American landscapes, encountering various characters, including those inspired by Cale himself and his widow, musician Christine Lakeland Cale.
"The song moves me,” says Christine Lakeland Cale in a statement, “and the peaceful rhythm of the train and where it travels to at the end of this video says it all for me.”
As previously reported, "Stay Around" was compiled by those closest to Cale – Christine Lakeland Cale, and friend and longtime manager, Mike Kappus – and will be released on April 26 via Because Music. Preorders are available now digitally and on CD and limited collector vinyl edition. To preorder, click here.
To celebrate the release of "Stay Around," Because Music will release for the first time vinyl pressings of four albums from Cale’s catalog: "Closer To You" (1994), "Guitar Man" (1996), "Live" (2001), and "To Tulsa and Back" (2004). "Roll On" will also be re-pressed after a long period out of print, according to a news release. The reissues will be released April 26 in limited 180g black vinyl and CD. They are available now for preorder; click here.
The “Stay Around” single will also be released in an exclusive 7" vinyl for Record Store Day, out April 13. The B-side features “Worrying Off Your Mind,” a bonus track from 2009’s "Roll On."
For the first time in a decade, listeners will be moved by a new collection of unreleased Cale songs, a feat that’s possible due to Cale’s modus operandi: In addition to regularly writing and recording new songs in his home studio, Cale would typically reserve outtakes from one album for later release on another. That resulted in a reserve of ready for release songs from which this album's collection was drawn. In compiling "Stay Around," Christine Lakeland Cale pored over these songs, both studio and home recordings, that the public had never heard. The result is an album mixed and produced by Cale himself, left nearly untouched to leave, in Christine’s words, the “Cale Factor.” The only song not written by Cale is Christine’s “My Baby Blues,” the first song she and Cale cut as a four-piece combo in Bradley’s Barn studio in 1977, the year they met.
Born in Oklahoma City and raised in Tulsa, Cale cut his teeth during the 1950s, playing guitar in bars in Oklahoma alongside fellow natives David Gates of Bread and Leon Russell, and is credited as one of the key figures in creating the laid-back “Tulsa Sound.”
It's fitting, then, that the OKPOP Museum, a project of the Oklahoma Historical Society, and Cale's estate are planning a series of special events at Tulsa's Circle Cinema, 10 S Lewis Ave., celebrating the official release date of “Stay Around.”
Tulsa events surrounding the album release will include a gallery exhibit at Circle Cinema during Kendall Whittier’s second Thursday, from 6 to 8 p.m. April 11. The event will include a Cale-inspired DJ set by DJ Spencer LG. It will be free and open to the public.
On April 26, OKPOP will celebrate the official release of “Stay Around” with a reception featuring a special photo exhibit, special guests and reception from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by a screening of the 2005 film “To Tulsa and Back” and the premiere of new music videos from “Stay Around.” Tickets to this event can be purchased at www.circlecinema.com. All screening tickets will include a CD ($25) or a vinyl album ($40).
JJ Cale – "Stay Around" track listing:
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
15. Don’t Call Me Joe