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To Tulsa and Back - On Tour with J.J. Cale

To Tulsa and Back - On Tour with J.J. Cale
Scene from "To Tulsa and Back" (photo © Kick Film)

"The trouble with success is that you don't get time to go fishing" - a typical statment from J.J. Cale. Because he has always evaded too much public attention, he can still walk the streets undisturbed. Still, his sound is universally known, if only because Cale was an example for musicians like Mark Knopfler, Bryan Ferry, Neil Young and Eric Clapton. Clapton makes no secret of the fact that he admires J.J. Cale. Together with his idol, he gives a concert in Dallas.

In To Tulsa and Back, the now 65-year-old singer-songwriter, who enriched pop music with songs like After Midnight, Cocaine and Call Me the Breeze, does not shun the camera. Cale goes back to the origins of the so-called "Tulsa Sound", of which he is considered the founding father. The film makes clear that the laid-back guitar sound and restrained singing is in line with Cale's personality: an unusually relaxed rock musician, averse to bragging. He tells about his childhood in Tulsa, Oklahoma, his wild years in psychedelic California, and his life in the studio, on stage and on the road. All this is interlaced with archival footage, impressions of a recent concert tour and awe-inspiring images of American landscapes.
Genre Music
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2005
Director Jörg Bundschuh
Screenplay Jörg Bundschuh
Cinematography Roland Wagner
Carmen Kirchweger
J.J. Cale
Cast J.J. Cale, Eric Clapton
Producer Jörg Bundschuh
Production Company Kick Film
Runtime 87 min
Format color
Dubbed Versions German
Festivals IDFA Amsterdam (Reflecting Images) 2005, Hof 2005, IDFA Flies T(r)opics Festival Suriname 2005, Cracow 2006, Doc Aviv 2006, Dok Fest Munich 2006, Seattle 2006, Nashville 2006, Bergen 2006
With backing from MEDIA
German Distributor Kick Film

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