jj cale – crazy mama

JJ Cale Garners More Raves From Neil Young In His New Memoir

JJ Cale was praised by Neil Young once again in his new autobiography, Waging Heavy Peace: A Hippie Dream. Young cites JJ Cale’s “Crazy Mama” as one of the five songs that shaped his songwriting. Young describes “Crazy Mama” as “a record I love. The song is true, simple, and direct, and the delivery is very natural. JJ’s guitar playing is a huge influence on me. His touch is unspeakable.”

This praise follows Young’s previous acknowledgement of Cale’s artistry in Jimmy McDonough’s 2003 biography of Neil Young, Shakey. In the New York Times bestselling biography, Young is quoted as saying:

“Most of the songs and the riffs – the way he plays the fucking guitar is so.. great. And he doesn’t play very loud, either – I really like that about him. He’s so sensitive. Of all the players I ever heard, it’s gotta be Hendrix and JJ Cale who are the best electric guitar players.”

While there is clearly a great deal of mutual respect between them, the only time these two legends have appeared on record together is on the late Ben Keith’s (Young’s steel guitarist of almost forty years) Seven Gates: A Christmas Album by Ben Keith and Friends (1994).

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