Tulsa musician JJ Cale passed away yesterday. We couldn't let a day go by without learning one of his songs. Here it is. Our tribute to JJ Cale:
Late one Friday night, Casey and I were taking a break from busking, having a beer downstairs at JJ’s Alley. Jeff Rodgers, owner and fellow musician, had just finished his set and sat down beside us. We discussed many topics in a friendly exchange.
Our thoughts turned to ‘Rudderless.’ Jeff told us Macy and his crew had visited JJ’s Saloon recently. He was a little star-struck, like many in OKC, and hopeful that they would shoot some scenes there.
He was crestfallen to learn that the bar where we were filming a scene was in Guthrie, and that it was built from scratch for the movie. We had heard that many technical aspects made shooting in a genuine working bar problematic, from beer labels and brand signs, to composing a scene spatially. Still, Jeff was hopeful he could somehow be a part of the movie, maybe as a bartender or an extra.
If you live in Oklahoma, you may have heard about the movie recently filmed here called ‘Rudderless.’ This is the story of how Casey and I got to play a part in this movie:
It was early April. I had the day off, and was still in bed, while a few feet away Casey was at his desk logged into FaceBook. Kari Hirst Starkey, who once ran a place called the Yippee Yi Yo Café, had posted a link on Casey’s timeline. It said something like, “Want to make your friend famous? If you know a bass player or tuba player, please share this opportunity with them: Auditions today at Freihofer Casting for the movie
‘Rudderless’ produced by William H. Macy!”
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