It's been more than eight years since J. J. Cale last released a studio album, but given the scope of his half century in the musical realm, that's nothing more than a short breather. On this disc -- named so as to reflect the singer-guitarist's hometown return -- Cale doesn't depart significantly from the burnished dirt-road sound that's characterized his output for decades. The laid-back, flirtatious "My Gal" and "Chains of Love" are both veined with the grizzled guitar work that marked his classic '70s offerings. There's a bit more heft than usual to his lyrics this time around, notably the aching "Stone River," an environmental paean that only someone who's spent a good bit of time outside the reach of urban sprawl could've penned, and "The Problem," an atypically agitated take on societal difficulties. Proving that, even at the age of 65, he's capable of learning some new tricks, Cale busts out the banjo for the earthy "Blues for Mama" and proves himself just as adept -- and just as smooth -- on that instrument as on his axe of choice. Since he's never actually abandoned them, it wouldn't be accurate to say that J. J. Cale is getting back to his roots here; getting him back to Tulsa, however, infuses the disc with a warm, homey vibe that's altogether intoxicating.