To Tulsa and back - On tour with J.J. Cale

He was a legend wrapped in mystery whose records and persona have earned him a devoted cult following worldwide. J.J. Cale has quietly made a major impact on rock music but remains an enigma as perhaps the most unpretentious man in popular music. Although he has written some of the biggest rock hits ever and is regularly offered major concert dates, he lived for years in a trailer away from the public eye taking years off between recordings and performances.

J.J. Cale is credited with creating the Tulsa Sound, a laid back mix of Rock'n' Roll, Country, Blues and Jazz. When Mojo Magazine asked Eric Clapton which other
musician he would most like to be, he answered "Cale", calling him "one of the masters of the last three decades of music." Neil Young is quoted in his biography Shakey as saying "He´s so sensitive. Of all the players I ever heard, it's gotta be Hendrix and J.J. Cale who are the best electric guitar players." Dire Straits' Mark Knopfler also admits to having based their sound on Cale’s unique style. Among Cale's devoted fans are musicians of all generations, such as Willie Nelson, Tom Petty and Widespread Panic. J.J.Cale is a musician's musician.

While Clapton had two of his biggest hits with Cale’s After Midnight and Cocaine, other artists as varied as Johnny Cash, the Allman Brothers, Brian Ferry, Captain Beefheart, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Santana, Jerry Garcia, Deep Purple and many more have covered Cale songs such as Call Me The Breeze, Anyway The Wind Blows, Cajun Moon, Call the Doctor, Crazy Mama, Magnolia, Sensitive Kind, Travelin Light.

For the first time, Cale has agreed to have a film made about his music, his life and career. The documentary follows him and his band through six American states on his To Tulsa and Back Tour.

JJ Cale passed away in July 2013.


Author and Director Jörg Bundschuh
Cinematographer Roland Wagner
Sound Mixer Björn Jensen
Editor Carmen Kirchweger
Live Recording Mixer Paul McManus, David M. Teegarden
Live Recording Remixer J.J. Cale
Production Manager Franz Hirner
Supervising Producer Björn Jensen
Associate Producer Bonnie Ashworth, Klaus Frers
Co-Producer Mike Kappus
Producer Jörg Bundschuh

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To Tulsa and back - On tour with J.J. Cale (2005) 90 min.
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