Many of you have heard the name of the gifted songwriter and performer J.J. Cale. Sadly, he passed away from a heart attack yesterday at the age of 74. His work is probably best known through Eric Clapton's catalog. Cale wrote After Midnight and Cocaine, two tunes that Clapton turned into monster hits.
I'll remember Cale most for the songs he wrote that Widespread Panic incorporated into their repertoire, including Travelin' Light and Ride Me High. His work was also covered by Waylon Jennings and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Below is Widespread doing Tavelin' Light earlier this year (as a point of reference, Cale's original funkified version of the song is here). Rest in peace, Mr. Cale. Thanks for the funk.