Stay Around is a collection of 15 previously unreleased Cale songs, all mixed and produced by J. J. Cale himself and compiled by those closest to him, Cale's widow Christine Lakeland Cale and his longtime friend and manager Mike Kappus. This is his first release of original material in a decade. In a statement, Lakeland spoke about how she compiled Stay Around, saying, "I wanted to find stuff that was completely unheard to max-out the ‘Cale factor’… using as much that came from John's ears and fingers and his choices as I could, so I stuck to John's mixes. You can make things so sterile that you take the human feel out. But John left a lot of that human feel in. He left so much room for interpretation. "