Hey yo all you out there. Soggy enough for you? We’re lucky that down here in An Síbín we don’t have a dampness problem – knock on reclaimed wood. We also have some secret stashes of vinyl tucked away in hidden locations for those oh-so-special occasions. Unbeknownst to most, a slowy but surely growing collection of country albums is growing at the behest of our groovy Saturday night bartender and resident cowpoke, Curtis.

Since the week has been damp to say the least, we thought we give you a nice dose of the drierness and hit you with some Oklahoma groove. Pulling from ‘Curtis Country’, The Public Records presents the album of the week for July, 27th 2018; J.J. Cale’s Troubadour (Shelter Records, 1976).

John Weldon Cale was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 1938 and grew up in Tulsa. When he was finished with high school, he ws drafted. Not very interested in carrying a gun doing “all that stuff”, Cale joined the Air Force and studied electronics. This training would help him immensely later on down the road musically.

After completing his service, he moved to Los Angeles – which was popular with young Tulsa musicians at the time. He was able to get a gig as a studio engineer and a regular act at the Whiskey a Go Go. In 1966, he cut a demo single of ‘After Midnight’ and passed it around amongst his Tulsa session musician friends. However; he wasn’t able to please the public enough to find enough gigs and studio engineering just wasn’t paying the bills. He sold his guitar and returned to Tulsa.

In 1970, he discovered that Eric Clapton had recorded a cover of ‘After Midnight’ for his debut album. Following great advice, Cale used his new popularity to cut his own album. After that, he took off. His silky guitar playing, laid back riffs, and the early use of a drum machine led to a sound that can only be described as a type of country jazz.

Our album of the week, Troubadour, is a great attest to that. Recorded as his fourth studio album, Troubadour contained the singles ‘Travelin’ Light’ (used to wake the crews of the Atlantis Space Shuttle and International Space Station for their May, 2010 spacewalk), ‘Hey Baby’, and of course, the ever covered and ever famous, ‘Cocaine’.

In fact every track on this album is an abolute gem. Whether it is the driving and dirty ‘Ride Me High’ or the funky, horn fuelled ‘Let Me Do It To You’, you will leave a satisfied customer. Síbín vibes perfectly with Cale, an almost symbiotic relationship is created between the tunes and room with a Sage Advice cocktail completing the circle. The hints of sage and string lights conjure up the big sky and empty land and all the vastness that comes with it.

So pop on down and get your weekly does of Cale.