I got the same old blues : J.J. Cale vs Lynyrd Skynyrd

This is gonna be a tough one. The toughest one yet?

J.J. Cale is the coolest underrated country-rock-blues artist ever. “I got the same old blues” is yet another wonderful laid-back tune from electric guitar wonder  J.J. Cale. And the lyrics… oh yeah… I love the ending too. I’m not telling!

American country-rock-blues band Lynyrd Skynyrd does a whoppin’ cool version of this song. It’s similar to the original, but musically, it sounds more powerful, probably because of the “group” effect. And this song is perfect for them, right up their alley!

But I love J.J. Cale’s smooth and pleasant vocals. The tone of his voice and the emotion conveyed fit the song really well. And his solo in the middle sounds awesome.

I honestly cannot decide. They’re both perfect. What do you think?



J.J. Cale, underrated yet so cool

When I was a kid, my friend’s dad had the biggest collection of 70’s rock music. He was the first person I knew who bought a CD player. I was so amazed at the difference in sound – at the time, I was constantly listening to my mixed tapes (BTW I still love and respect my awesome mixed tape collection; I made these tapes with such care, the musical experience is still worth it even if the sound is terrible). My friend and I spent so many hours listening to her dad’s amazing CDs and as a result, I ended up discovering a few interesting artists I had not heard of, like J.J. Cale.

J.J. Cale is a great american singer/songwriter and musician whose music is strongly influenced by the blues and country genres, among others. His guitar playing is very “laid-back” (indeed, his style is often described this way, and it’s true!). Many artists have covered his songs like Eric Clapton and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

If you like, you can just listen to these really cool songs: “Changes”, “River runs deep”, and a live version of the original “Cocaine” song!