There’s so much great music coming out that I rarely go back in time to the classics, I figure if I missed them than that’s it and I can’t get that music back. On the strength of his 2004 release To Tulsa And Back I may have to go back and listen more closely to the work of JJ Cale. On this release JJ Cale sounds a lot like the music Mark Knopfler has been making recently. It’s irrepressible and subdued at the same time. With JJ’s vocals and guitar I suppose that will always be the case but once again he’s got the songs. It may take someone like Eric Clapton to re-record one of his songs (like he did with “After Midnight”) for JJ Cale to re-enter the spotlight but for now he seems content to continue his reign as “the apostle of laid back rock”.