When Your Loving Comes Around - Will Kimbrough

from the album Sideshow Love (2014)

My education in the great songwriters of the 20th century is the result of years spent staring at the labels on vinyl records.  Names like Willie Dixon, Carole King, and the team of Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, & Eddie Holland intrigued me, lured me in, and never let me go.

During those years, I spent a lot of time staring at the labels of Lynyrd Skynyrd records.  I first came across J.J. Cale when his name appeared under Call Me The Breeze.  Next I found his name listed as the songwriter of Eric Clapton songs like Cocaine and After Midnight.  By the time I heard his own recording of these songs, and others like Crazy Mama, I was hopelessly in awe of his talent.

The song When Your Loving Comes Around by Will Kimbrough is a tribute to J.J. Cale, who passed away last July.  The song honors him with a laid-back vibe, shuffle beat, slightly biting guitar tone, and the soft ramble to the vocals.  I dig the chorus with its call-response female backing vocal:

When your loving comes around
When your loving comes around
There's an empty magic moment
When your loving comes around

If you are not familiar with Will Kimbrough, please check him out.  He is a native of the Alabama gulf coast who now calls Nashville home.  Everything he touches sounds great, whether as a musician, producer, or songwriter.  Fans of Emmylou Harris, John Prine, Roseanne Cash, and Steve Earle have no doubt heard his incredible playing.  In 2004, he was named Instrumentalist of the Year by the Americana Music Association.

As you listen to this record, check out the high craft in every nuance.  It will assure you that part of J.J. Cale's spirit lives on in the next generation of musicians and songwriters.

Click Here to listen to When Your Loving Comes Around on SoundCloud.