Mikael Wood
February 18, 2009 AT 05:00 AM EST

Roll On

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
J.J. Cale
genre
Blues

We gave it a B

Best known as the guy who wrote Eric Clapton’s ”After Midnight,” JJ Cale has been releasing his own supremely mellow blues-rock records for nearly 40 years. So the fact that he just turned 70 is hardly an issue here; old-guy music is the only kind Cale knows how to make. Roll On is best at its loosest, as in opener ”Who Knew,” where Cale accents a throwaway jazz lick with some appealingly goofy scat singing, and the title track, which sports a sweet Clapton solo atop Cale’s rambling roadhouse groove. B

Download This: Listen to the song ”Who Knew” on the singer’s MySpace

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