Call Me the Breeze

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"Call Me the Breeze"
Song by JJ Cale from the album Naturally
Released 1972
Recorded 1970
Genre Blues
Length ~2:35
Label Mercury
Composer JJ Cale
Producer Audie Ashworth
Naturally track listing
  1. "Call Me the Breeze"
  2. "Call the Doctor"
  3. "Don't Go to Strangers"
  4. "Woman I Love"
  5. "Magnolia"
  6. "Clyde"
  7. "Crazy Mama"
  8. "Nowhere to Run"
  9. "After Midnight"
  10. "River Runs Deep"
  11. "Bringing It Back"
  12. "Crying Eyes"

"Call Me the Breeze" is a song by JJ Cale. It first appeared on his 1972 debut album, Naturally, as the opening track. The song consists of a 12-bar blues guitar shuffle over the backing of an early drum machine.[citation needed]


Like many Cale songs, "Call Me the Breeze" has been covered numerous times by an assortment of musicians, most notably Lynyrd Skynyrd on their albums Second Helping (1974) and the live disc One More From The Road (1976); Mason Proffit on their 1972 album Rockfish Crossing; Bobby Bare on his album Bobby Bare - The Country Store Collection (1988); Johnny Cash on his album Water from the Wells of Home (1988) with his son, John Carter Cash; John Mayer on his 2013 album Paradise Valley; and UK singer Alan Price on his 1977 album Alan Price.

Many of the cover versions available have been performed as tributes to Lynyrd Skynyrd. For example, Les Claypool covers it on his album Under The Influence, A Jam Band Tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd.[1]

Eric Clapton covered "Call Me the Breeze" in 2014 on his JJ Cale tribute album, "The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale."[2]