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March 21 2013
Carly Ritter’s rich, burnished, folk-rooted sound of her self-titled debut album – to be released this summer - makes it seem that this music was unearthed from a time capsule buried during the late ’60s. The track features the husband and wife producer team of Joachim Cooder (drums, piano) and Juliette Commagere (keys, electric guitar, and backing vocals), Juliette’s brother and Vanguard label mate, Robert Francis (bass, electric guitar, vocals) and Joachim’s father, legendary guitarist Ry Cooder.
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February 11 2013
Ry Cooder's "Election Special" CD did'nt win a 2013 Grammy Award
Ry Cooder's "Election Special" CD was nominated for the 2013 Grammy Awards in the catagory Best Folk Album.
The winner in this category is: "The Goat Rodeo Sessions", with Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile
December 7 2012
Ed Cassidy died at the age of 89
Drummer Ed Cassidy died at age 89. Ed was the drummer of the Rising Sons. Read an In Memoriam at:
November 16 2012
THEY ALL PLAYED FOR US - Arhoolie's 50th Anniversay Celebration
Available at www.arhoolie.com. Preview of the 192 page full color book and 4 CDs capturing three days of concerts celebrating Arhoolie Records 50th Anniversary, a benefit for the Arhoolie Foundation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTBiUgNUIrE.
Photographed by Mike Melnyk.
Hosted by Nick Spitzer with music by Santiago Jimenez Jr., Los Cenzontles, Ry Cooder (Vigilante Man and Wooly Bully), Any Old Time String Band, Dacvid Doucet, Peter Rowan, Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands, Goodtime Washboard Three, Creole Belles, Barbara Dane, Bob Mielke's All Stars, Toni Brown & Terry Garthwite, The Savoy Cajun Band, The Treme Brass Band, Eric & Suzy Thompson, Maria Muldaur, Country Joe McDonald, The Campbell Brothers, Savoy Family Band, and Taj Mahal.
October 15 2012
Cooder: 'These things should be said . . . right now'
October 14, 2012|By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
Excerpt: But he's also been an adventurous musical explorer. He's at work on an old-time country album with Petra, Tanya, and Rachel Haden (known as the Haden Triplets), and on a compilation of Japanese kawachi ondo music to benefit victims of the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.
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October 12 2012
BOBBY KING: NEW CD "THEY DON'T KNOW" OUT NOW, FEAT. RY COODER
Bobby King: new CD "They Don't Know" out now, feat. Ry Cooder. Available as CD and MP3 download . Bobby King still got that familiar, great voice!
Visit Bobby King's website to listen to samples and to order the CD at:
To listen to samples and buy the MP3 download visit CD Baby: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/bobbyking
October 10 2012
Previews of Past Attractions — Ry Cooder 1970 video
Van Dyke Parks's first music video production as Warner Bros. Records Director of Audio Visual Services, feat. Ry Cooder in 1970 can be watched here:
October 8 2012
"Village Music: Last of the Great Record Stores" feat. a performance by Ry Cooder
Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/movies/article/Gillian-Grisman-s-film-Village-Music-3922377.php#ixzz28jVUh8k6
September 21 2012
HANS THEESSINK & TERRY EVANS new CD "DELTA TIME" feat. RY COODER OUT NOW
Hans Theessink & Terry Evans new CD "Delta Time" is out now.
Ry Cooder, Willie Green and Arnold McCuller are among the guest musicians.
Visit the Hans Theessink website to order the CD or LP: http://www.theessink.com
Review at: http://www.bluesinthenorthwest.com/index.php/2012/10/07/review-hans-theessink-terry-evans-feat-ry-cooder-delta-time/
July 14 2012
Ry Cooder is once again nudging Dan Gellert into the spotlight.
On Oct. 14, the multi-instrumentalist is joining Cooder for a special all-star tribute to Woody Guthrie at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
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AVAILABLE NOW: RY COODER'S NEW ALBUM "ELECTION SPECIAL" RELEASE BY NONESUCH/PERROVERDE RECORDS.
Ry Cooder’s new album, "Election Special", out on CD and vinyl, is a wake-up call as the US heads into the fall election season. The album is available in the Nonesuch Store in a very special bundle. Show your Election Special pride with an exclusive campaign-style button and bumper sticker; pre-orders also include an instant download of the album's opening track, "Mutt Romney Blues."
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Ry Cooder’s new album, Election Special, is due out on CD and vinyl from Nonesuch / Perro Verde Records on August 21, 2012; Exclusive pre-order offer is available now in the Nonesuch Store. The record is a wake-up call as the United States heads into the fall election season.
01: MUTT ROMNEY BLUES
02: BROTHER IS GONE
03: THE WALL STREET PART OF TOWN
05: COLD COLD FEELING
06: GOING TO TAMPA
08: THE 90 AND THE 9
09: TAKE YOUR HANDS OFF IT
“Howdy there neighbor—let me ask you something. Do you really think Charlie and Davy sit around on the couch with family and friends watching re-runs of Dancing with the Stars?," asks Cooder. "See, 'Wasting Away in Margaritaville' was a good song in its day, but we need a different kind of a song now if we’re going to make headway against the likes of Charlie and Dave. Those type of guys are plenty swift, they’re all deacons in the High Church of the Next Dollar. We need to get smarter, fast. The world is full of C and D students in high places and there’s more coming up all the time. Don’t be one.”
Cooder has this to say about the songs on the album:
Mutt Romney Blues (aka. Bottle Up And Go: Reverend Al Sharpton said, “How he treated his dog tells you a lot about him.” Where did Mitt Romney learn that hollow laugh of his? A correspondence course on how to scare your dog shitless? He sure scares me, I don’t mind telling you.
Brother Is Gone: The only logical explanation for the Brothers I could come up with is, they made their deal at the crossroads with Satan. Satan will need to get paid, but in the meantime, they are doing everything in their power to hurt you and me. The big hurt.
The Wall Street Part of Town: Is there a Wall Street part of town in your town? Start your own, it’s easy. When the police come, remind them that you pay their salary, such as it may be.
Guantanamo: There’s a beautiful Cuban song about a country girl from Guantanamo. The lyrics were written over a hundred years ago, and they say something about peace and freedom, so I guess the problem hasn’t been solved yet. Prisons are the new growth industry.
Cold Cold Feeling: The president, alone in the dark, walks the Oval Office floor. Before you criticize and accuse, walk a mile in his shoes.
Going to Tampa: As a mother, will Sarah Palin lead the Republican convention in a prayer for Treyvon? Will “Stand Your Ground” stand? Don’t forget your bed sheet and keep your money in your shoes.
Kool-Aid: A lament for this guy Zimmerman, and all the many Zimmermans. Too late, they find their masters have given them gun rights and new “Stand Your Ground” lynching laws instead of good paying jobs and secure futures. They drank the Kool-Aid, they really drank it down.
The 90 and the 9: A possible political discussion between a father and child. Here in Los Angeles, they allow military recruiters in public schools. If you speak against it, they come down hard on you. I don’t even know what name you give to a criminal conspiracy like that.
Take Your Hands off It (same as Get Your Hands Of My Constitution???): Woody said, “This land is your land.” There’s a famous photograph of a sign that reads, “Don’t let the big men take it away.” On the other hand, James Baldwin believed the concepts of nationhood such as freedom, equality, and democracy are superstitions, nothing more.
Cooder produced the album and wrote all of the songs. (“Take Your Hands off It” was co-written with Joachim Cooder). He sings and plays mandolin, guitar, and bass on the album, with Joachim on drums. Arnold McCuller sings harmony vocals on “Take Your Hands off It.”
ACOUSTIC GUITAR: 50 Years of Takamine Guitars
In the article is a part on Ry Cooder.
Read the article at: http://www.acousticguitar.com/article/Default.aspx?ArticleID=27593
and the discussion on this forum: http://www.acousticguitarforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=253694
May 22nd 2012
ROBERT FRANCIS NEW CD "STRANGERS IN THE FIRST PLACE" OUT, WITH RY COODER, JIM KELTNER AND OTHERS
Any musician who has his first guitar bestowed on him by no less than Ry Cooder has to have some serious musical karma going for him.
Robert Francis new CD, “Strangers in the First Place,” (Vanguard Records) is released Tuesday May 22nd.
His skill as a guitarist is in ample evidence on the collection, even though his intensely melodic pop-folk-rock songs often more strongly reflect other influences from U2, Coldplay and Snow Patrol. Even the ghost of the godfather of rock poets, Leonard Cohen, turns up in Francis' atmospheric, meditative song “Alibi.”
Ry Cooder lends a hand on a couple of tracks, as does his son, percussionist Joachim Cooder, along with Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell, Francis' sisters Carla and Juliette Commagere and drummer extraordinaire Jim Keltner.
To get things rolling for the new album, Francis will play a record release party on Wednesday May 23 2012 for a hometown crowd with a gig at the Troubadour in West Hollywood.
From an interview with Robert Francis:
How did Ry Cooder enter your life?
Ry Cooder taught me all the important things I know about music. His son Joachim is my brother-in-law. We're all very close. Ry took from Rev. Gary Davis and I took from Ry. I can't express how lucky I am to have had some of that deep knowledge imparted to me. Ry is one of the only people I know who I can call when I'm down who will always say the right thing to lift me up. "Robert, the last thing you need is another hole in your head," he would say.
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ARHOOLIE RECORDS TO RELEASE 50th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT CDs AND BOOK
Arhoolie Records is planning to put out a 4-CD set with an approximately 200 page book featuring the photos of the event taken by Mike Melnyk, along with text by Chris Strachwitz and Adam Machado, quotes from artists etc. celebrating 50 years of Arhoolie Records. This set will include the highlights of the three concerts. Stay tuned for the release date.
In February 2011 Arhoolie Records celebrated its 50th anniversary with three days of concerts featuring Santiago Jimenez Jr. & La Familia Peña-Govea, Los Cenzontles, Ry Cooder , Any Old Time String Band, David Doucet, Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands, Peter Rowan, The Goodtime Washboard 3, Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band, Barbara Dane & Bob Mielke's All Stars w/ Lars Edegran, Toni Brown & Terry Garthwaite (of The Joy of Cooking), The Creole Belles, Tremé Brass Band, Los Cenzontles, Suzy & Eric Thompson, Country Joe McDonald, The Campbell Brothers, Savoy Family Band, and Taj Mahal.
To keep informed see link: http://www.arhoolie.com/news.html
Grandpa Banana new CD "Even Grandpas Get The Blues" features Ry Cooder
Banana was the founder member of the legendary San Francisco Bay area folk rock band The Youngbloods. The band’s classic recording ‘Get Together’ sold over one million copies cracking the U.S. top 5 achieving gold record status in 1969. Get Together was later featured on the soundtrack in the film Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. The Youngbloods disbanded in 1973, and Banana started a solo career performing his own brand of Californian roots Americana. The album features guest appearances from world class musicians the likes of Ry Cooder ("Married To The Blues"), Barry "the Fish" Melton, and David Grisman.
Described as “One of the most notable of the unsung musicians” by The Marin Independant Journal, Grandpa Banana (real name Lowell Levinger) has been a major player in the legendary west coast psychedelic and bluegrass scene for over forty years. As well as performing in his own right Banana was accompanist to Mimi Farina (the sister of Joan Baez) for over twenty years, and also played keyboards for ten years with psychedelic band Zero, who’s members included Steve Kimock who toured and recorded with members of the Grateful Dead. Banana also played with Norton Buffalo of the Steve Miller band, and also with Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks.
Grandpa Banana currently plays on a regular basis with Barry “The Fish” Melton founder member of Woodstock Festival legends Country Joe & The Fish in The Barry Melton Band and with The Michael Barclay Blues Band. He plays his beloved bluegrass music with friends and neighbours including The Papermill Creek Rounders, David, Tracy and Sam Grisman, The David Thom Band, Peter Rowan and the legendary Artie Rose and associates.
Banana was initially a bluegrass musician who apart from guitar and piano also plays banjo, mandolin, mandola and bass. He began his career on the east coast, in Boston playing bluegrass banjo in the local coffee houses of the early 60’s being mentored by the likes of Bill Keith and The Charles River Valley Boys.
Buy the CD at: http://www.grandpabanana.com/index.html
Nira Pereg Documentary "No Wind" with Music by Ry Cooder
No Wind San Diego, CA, USA, 2011
Two Channel High Definition Video with Sound / Duration: 5 min 25 sec. loop > Edition of 7+2AP
16:9 PAL. 2 Ch Stereo/Installation dimensions variable
Music by: RY COODER/Sound design: Nati Zeidenstadt
NO WIND presents a unique phenomenon of human billboards as it appeared in the streets of San Diego, California, spring 2011. The work re-examining a format borrowed from the language of protest to that of advertisement, constructing a choreography that bears both poetic and political meaning. While one channel shows the documented phenomenon, the other shows an 83 years old Cambodian sign holder in a spontaneous monolog.
NO WIND was supported by the Schusterman Visiting Artist Program and ArtPower! University of California, San Diego, during a visiting scholar semester at UCSD, spring 2011.
Special thanks to participants and advisors : Rebecca webb, Martin Wollesen and Cameron Wilson from ArtPower UCSD, Joe Ambert and Matt Doolan from AARROW Advertising & SunFlower.
Special warm thanks to Paul Young and RY COODER.
Source and link: http://nirapereg.net/No_Wind.html
Grammy Nominations Go to RY COODER, Emmylou Harris, Pat Metheny, Chris Thile, Michael Daves, AfroCubism
Ry Cooder's latest album, "Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down", which the Telegraph calls "spectacular," was released in August on Perro Verde/Nonesuch Records and has been nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Americana Album. Inspired by a news headline about the Wall Street bailout, Cooder began work on "Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down" with the track “No Banker Left Behind,” an ode to the corrupt few spared from the financial crisis while most were left to fend for themselves. Uncut calls this "one of his best albums ever ... an impassioned portrait of 21st century America and its injustices" in which Cooder is "remade as a modern-day Woody Guthrie, fearless and funny, for like Guthrie he nails his targets with droll humour while empathising with society's underdogs." The magazine recently named it to its list of the Top 50 Albums of the 2011 and, presaging the Grammy nomination, one of the year's Best of Americana.
Source and article at: http://www.nonesuch.com/journal/grammy-nominations-ry-cooder-emmylou-harris-pat-metheny-chris-thile-michael-daves-afrocubism-2011-12-01
RY COODER'S NEW ALBUM "PULL UP SOME DUST AND SIT DOWN" ***** OUT NOW ON CD AND VINYL
Personally for me Ry Cooder's "Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down" is an absolute ***** CD. Ry Cooder is a now a day Woody Guthrie, a storytelling protestsinger, combined with his great musical skills. I hope Mr. Cooder will stay angry a long time and make a lot more of this pearls!!!
Visit Nonesuch Records for more album info, reviews and to order the CD/LP or download at http://www.nonesuch.com/artists/ry-cooder
THERE'S YOU, THE CITIZEN, RUNNING IN CIRCLES LIKE A HEADLESS CHICKEN. AND THERE THEY ARE, THERE THEY ALL ARE, HERDING YOU FASTER AND FASTER THROUGH THE CIRCLE MAZE OF LIES AND DISTRACTION. WHO CAN YOU BELIEVE, WHO WILL THROW OUT THE LIFE LINE?
YOU NEED SIMPLE TOOLS, AND THAT'S WHAT THESE SONGS ARE ALL ABOUT. LEARN HOW JOHN LEE HOOKER WILL FIX THE SUPREME COURT IF ELECTED. LEARN A STIRRING NEW WAR-WITHOUT-END CHRISTMAS SING ALONG. STUDY THE REPORT ON THE NEW-TIME JIM CROW HEAVEN BILL #1070. WHAT DOES THE OUTLAW JESSE JAMES HAVE IN MIND FOR GOLDMAN SACHS? WHY DOES GOD HATE TELEVISION? AND THERE'S MORE...
EVERY SONG A REVELATION, A BEACON OF LIGHT IN THE ENDLESS TUNNEL OF MODERN LIFE, AND IT CAN BE YOURS.
Ry Cooder's new album, Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down, was released by Nonesuch/Perro Verde Records on CD and digital August 30, 2011, with vinyl following on September 13. Uncut calls it "one of his best albums ever ... an impassioned portrait of 21st century America and its injustices" in which Cooder is "remade as a modern-day Woody Guthrie, fearless and funny, for like Guthrie he nails his targets with droll humour while empathising with society's underdogs."
Ry Cooder premiered the album's opening track "No Banker Left Behind" on Truthdig Radio. On the program, Truthdig's Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer said of the album: "It's right up there with John Lennon's Working Class Hero, which I think trumps just about anything else as far as taking serious, political observations and putting them to music ... It's just a great album."
01: No Banker Left Behind
02: El Corrido De Jesse James
03: Quick Sand
04: Dirty Chateau
05: Humpty Dumpty World
06: Christmas Time This Year
07: Baby Joined The Army
08: Lord Tell Me Why
09: I Want My Crown
10: John Lee Hooker For President
12: Simple Tools
13: If There's A God
14: No Hard Feelings
Ry Cooder, vocal, guitar, mandola, banjo, bass, bajo sexto, marimba, keyboards, mandolin
Joachim Cooder, drums, bass
Flaco Jimenez, accordion
Arturo Gallardo, clarinet, alto sax
Erasto Robles, trombone
Carlos Gonzales, trumpet
Pablo Molina, sousaphone, alto horn
Edgar Castro, percussion
Juliette Commagere, background vocals
Jesus Guzman, Raul Cuellar, Jimmy Cuellar, Ismael Hernandez, violins
Terry Evans, Arnold McCuller, Willie Green, background vocals
Robert Francis, bass
Jim Keltner, drums
Rene Camacho, bass
Produced by Ry Cooder
Recorded and mixed by Martin Pradler at Wireland Studios, Chatsworth, CA, Ocean Studios, Burbank, CA, and Drive-By Studios, North Hollywood, CA
Mastered by Bernie Grundman at Grundman Mastering
All songs written by Ry Cooder, Hi-Lo Shag Music, BMI, except for “Lord Tell Me Why,” by Ry Cooder, Hi-Lo Shag Music, BMI / Jim Keltner, OOOEEE Music, ASCAP
Art Direction: Ry Cooder, Al Quattrocchi & Jeff Smith
Design: Tornado Design, Los Angeles
More album info, artist info and how to order visit the Nonesuch Records artist page: http://www.nonesuch.com/artists/ry-cooder
RY COODER ABOUT: "PULL UP SOME DUST AND SIT DOWN". The story:
Used to be, we called them “stories” -- reportage, analysis, investigation-- the thing we’d come to know as “news.” You’d snap open a newspaper sit a spell and travel deep into different worlds, discover some sense of your place or role in it. Some days a story might feel slanted, others, under-reported -- but more often than not, the pieces that went deep gave you a sense of gravity, of consequence, of what was at stake, how you might be affected or implicated. More and more, Ry Cooder noted the absence of such “stories.” Instead of breadth or depth, there was something vague called “content”-- not context. And that steady feed of poll results or carnage counts arriving over our smart phone, reported the result, but not the cause, made us aware but not informed. The timing, Cooder observed, couldn't have been more telling: advantageous for the power elite, disastrous for the people. A succession of world-altering events scrolled across our collective screens and our consciousness the world at war, the mortgage crisis, the rollback of immigrant rights and civil liberties, the war on the environment -- more than ever, it seemed, we needed to fight back, hold some one’s feet to the fire -- but whose? “Fear and isolation,” he’s learned, “are the ways you keep people under control.” His new album, “Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down” grew out of this information void -- and the pervasive political and corporate double-speak that began swirling in its absence. Snaking through it are familiar themes -- the struggle toward real democracy, the trials of the working man, the elusive goal of equality -- set against the mayhem of contemporary front page news. Paired with it is Cooder’s fluent command of the rhythms and textures of American vernacular music -- but bent and reshaped for this moment: “Some of this should be vivid and intense and it should roll right at you,” he says, “but it shouldn’t tire you out so you stop paying attention. I don’t think they’ll listen to this and say: ‘Hey, I wonder what was on his mind?’ ”
The album is a trenchant examination of power and the abuses of it. Accordingly, it’s also a measure of Cooder’s own growing sense of disaffection. “Never have I seen the Republicans be so tight-fisted as they are now. The worst of it is the chipping away of what people, by rights, ought to have, should have . . . the resources they deserve, pay taxes for.”
These songs -- forthright, declarative -- express sentiments or critiques often voiced only in private, among family or ideological allies. “People listen to music with a different part of their mind,” says Cooder. “We need to hear some of these ideas and hear them in musical settings.”
“Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down” has been Cooder’s way to consider some complex questions, to pull back the curtain on the “official stories” by applying a healthy dose of reporter-style skepticism. The album gives “voice” to those affected by corporate greed, self-serving legislation, a culture of fear and hate -- and the corrosive nature of apathy.
Consequently, these 14 songs -- voices from the wreckage -- work as a meditation on not just the state of the union or of the world, but really the state of our hearts and minds -- our priorities and values. What happened to the concept of community? Who are we behind our fences and multi-billion dollar homes? What have we -- or are poised to -- become? Cooder sets these questions in motion, some as “eyewitness” soliloquies, others as allegories -- in “El Corrido de Jesse James,” the erstwhile-bank robber asks God if he can have the .44 he checked at Heaven’s gates so he can clean up Wall Street. In “John Lee Hooker for President,” Cooder, fully inhabiting Hooker’s pace and flow, the musician re-appears to make a run for the presidency after being turned away from the White House door.
“Pull Up Some Dust” is a reaction not a “concept,” the fall-out of being fed up and refusing to sit silent. “I started hearing these stories during Bush-time, about soldiers returning from Iraq who were disabled and weren’t being helped,“ he recalls. “In some cases parents tried to established programs to get right prescription drugs and counseling and medical services that they needed. And then the Walter Reed scandal broke.
Much of this was transpiring around just as the holiday season was cresting. The inherent dissonance wasn’t lost on him -- the loop of cloying holiday wishes for good will toward men juxtaposed against the very real, bracing consequences of disenfranchisement. Out of it, came “Christmas Time This Year” -- a skewering commentary on the hypocrisy of church and state, and the empty sentiments we swap. “I asked myself: OK, what’s it like for these guys? I asked myself, ‘Do they know its Christmas?’”
He polished it up, put it away. Right on its heels came “Simple Tools,” about “making a living working with your hands as a opposed to the bad things over the telephone.” He filed that away as well, but by that time, the exercise seemed to unlock something: “Because once you start this,” says Cooder, “the events, the ideas just seem to come at you. They seem to come out of the air,“ says Cooder, “they are everywhere, so your ear becomes attuned to these resonances.”
The project, gathered momentum, Cooder says, after he saw a headline on journalist Robert Sheer’s website, Truthdig., “No Banker Left Behind.” Cooder clicked through; read on, “Sheer started telling you how the banks were going to take this bailout money and they were going to sit on it and how it was possible for them to bundle these toxic mortgages and how the deregulation worked and how they had been bailed out because the deregulation guys had been sitting with Obama in the White House.” It was obvious, says Cooder, it wasn’t just a title -- it was a song, I could see it,” he says. “It all began in earnest.”
The result: Cooder aimed straight for the raw nerve, rounding up the topics Americans often attempt to circumvent or couch in metaphor: Immigration legislation the emotional and physical effects of war, the shadow boxing of politics, race and class divisions, white flight. But what pushes this cycle of songs beyond just commentary is the precise detail and the shifting point of view: The stories are narrated by survivors, perpetrators, fat cats, the disenfranchised, the former lettuce growers, border coyotes, the high-school army recruits, new American Dreamers; fathers, mothers, daughters and sons. It’s what happens after the news story breaks; it follows the very long trail of consequence.
The critical piece of course, was what it should all sound like. Some songs announced themselves “the words would come to me in ¾ time, that meant corrido, that means accordion; banda horns because they’re exciting.” He wanted the music to be part of the story–nods or homages to specific traditional styles while engaging contemporary issues.
“More and more I’m convinced that you don’t want to over-think it. You just want to express it, almost like you’re sitting in dancehall, or somewhere, and people are playing together. That means you sing live. It’s sounds real.”
The musical settings themselves provide another layer of the story, a third rail moving the scenery, sentiment, mood and message forward: “It’s taken a long time,” says Cooder, “but it becomes natural to combine an idea you have or a story you want to tell with whatever seems conducive.”
Much of that intimacy he was after derived from the recording process itself. Engineered by Martin Pradler, (much of it in Pradler’s living room) Cooder was joined by his son, Joachim on drums, while other familiar names fill out the personnel: Juliette Commagere, background vocals, Rene Camacho, bass, Robert Franics, bass,: and several reunion cameos: Flaco Jimenez, accordion, Jim Keltner and Terry Evans, Arnold McCuller and Willie Green, vocals.
“Pull Up Some Dust” unfolds as a vivid topographical musical map of an evolving America -- jug bands and norteno and banda horns with a sliver of blues. It’s as if you’re moving through it, windows rolled down, finding your place in it. But this isn’t just taking in the view, it’s bearing witness: It’s a way to shake us awake.
These times,” says Cooder, “call for a very different kind of protest song. ‘Where Have All the Flowers Gone?’ We’re way down the road from that.”
New York Times: NICK LOWE, Back With a New Album, ‘That Old Magic’
Ok, no Ry Cooder on this one, but I think Nick Lowe stole the hearts of many Ry Cooder fans, especially because of Little Village and the "They Drive By Night" 2009 Tour. I'm a big fan of Nick Lowe and his new album "That Old Magic" is awesome. Go out and buy it, order it!
Read the New York Times interview:
Grammy Award Winning Musician JORGE CALDERON To Release Two New Singles!
Two New Songs by Grammy-winner and L.A. Music Icon Jorge Calderón Released September 6 on Inside Recordings, the Independent Label Founded by Jackson Browne.
"Blue City" and "On Mardi Gras Day" Feature Ry Cooder on Slide Guitar
LOS ANGELES, CA August 23, 2011
GRAMMY-winning musician, vocalist, songwriter and producer Jorge Calderón has been a key figure in the Southern California music scene since he first came to Los Angeles in 1969. In addition to his well-known collaborations with Jackson Browne and the late Warren Zevon, Calderón has performed on scores of classic albums—contributing bass, guitar, and vocals-was a founding member of David Lindley's band El Rayo-X, and has toured the world with Ry Cooder, Leonard Cohen, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and J.D. Souther. With the forthcoming release of his two new songs "Blue City" and "On Mardi Gras Day," Calderón spotlights original solo material for the first time since his 1976 album City Music.
The pair of songs comes out September 6 on Inside Recordings, the independent label founded by Jackson Browne and his management team. They will be issued in a bundled release through the Inside Recordings online store, and released globally, distributed by Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA) and ADA Global.
Browne urged Calderón to record "Blue City" and "On Mardi Gras Day" after seeing him play a coffeehouse gig in 2010. Each song offers a compelling take on a slice of urban America. "Blue City" is a gritty blues-grooved elegy about hard times, vanishing jobs, and plants shutting down. "On Mardi Gras Day," while inspired by the tragedy of Katrina, is upbeat with a Meters vibe, celebrating memories of the city, and rejoicing at the thought of returning for a future celebration. More songs will follow.
Calderón produced the tracks, sings, and plays bass and guitar. Both tunes feature Ry Cooder — with whom Calderón toured from 1984-1988, in a band that also included Jim Keltner, Van Dyke Parks, Flaco Jimenez, Jim Dickinson and Steve Douglas — on slide guitar, Luis Conte on percussion, and Don Heffington on drums. For "On Mardi Gras Day," John Thomas sits in on Hammond organ. Jackson Browne is executive producer.
Calderón and Browne first met in the mid-'70s through their mutual friend Warren Zevon. At the time, Calderón was touring and recording with Zevon, a collaboration that drew him away from pursuing a solo career. Calderón never stopped writing songs, though, and has been developing material with an eye toward a solo project since his final collaboration with Zevon, 2003's The Wind. Calderón produced and co-wrote the album, which received five 2004 GRAMMY nominations (including "Song of the Year" for "Keep Me In Your Heart") and two wins—"Best Contemporary Folk Album" and "Best Rock Vocal Performance, Duo or Group" for "Disorder In The House," Zevon's duet with Bruce Springsteen.
Calderón's musical and personal journey to the heart of Los Angeles-based music began more than 3,300 miles away in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He grew up on Latin music from Cuba and Puerto Rico, and calypso from other islands, but the rock 'n roll he heard through AM stations like WABC and WNBC that reached Puerto Rico was what formed his own musical identity. Calderón launched a band, and after great success at festivals on the islands, relocated to New York City, and then L.A. Shortly after the move to Southern California, the band broke up. Calderón stayed, connecting with the constellation of friendships and creative alliances that has produced—and continues to generate—so much remarkable music, including his new material on Inside Recordings.
Fans can listen to “Blue City” and “On Mardi Gras Day” which are streaming through SoundCloud (http://snd.sc/ouREM2) now.
NO MOUSE MUSIC!: THE STORY OF CHRIS STRACHWITZ & ARHOOLIE RECORDS
On youtube are sample scenes from an in-progress documentary by Chris Simon & Maureen Gosling on music legend Chris Strachwitz founder of Arhoolie Records. With tape-recorder in hand, Strachwitz traveled to plantations and prisons, roadhouses and whorehouses, churches and bayou juke joints. He returned with recordings that would revolutionize the sound of popular music. In "No Mouse Music!," their vivid portrait of an obsessive sonic sleuth, filmmakers Chris Simon and Maureen Gosling take a hip-shaking stroll from New Orleans to Appalachia and right into the very DNA of rock 'n' roll. This film is a living cultural history with a soundtrack that bites and kicks and screams. Even 50 years later, Arhoolie's records remain alive, unruly and still so sharp that some songs can cut you right down to the soul. It features Ry Cooder, Michael Doucet, Lightnin' Hopkins, Flaco Jimenez and many other stars of roots music. STAY TUNED! and if you want to help us finish the film, you can make a tax-deductable donation at: http://www.sffs.org/donate/donate-now.aspx?pid=90
Youtube videolink: http://youtu.be/wD-hOh0ZDhY
SAXOPHONIST GIL BERNAL DIES AT 80
Tenor saxophonist Gil Bernal has died. Bernal passed away July 17 of congestive heart failure. He was 80.
Bernal was drafted by Ry Cooder for work with both the "Buena Vista Social Club" and on Cooder’s star-studded "Chavez Ravine”. Ry Cooder about Gil Bernal: “When he plays, it's the real thing, very caressing, very enveloping."
Source and full article: http://jazztimes.com/articles/28182-saxophonist-gil-bernal-dies-at-80
MANUEL GALBAN, CUBAN GUITARIST, HAS DIED
Manuel Galbán, a man who helped shape the sound of modern Cuban music, died Thursday 7th July of a heart attack in Havana. He was 80 years old.
Galbán played guitar on the 1997 album Buena Vista Social Club, a collaboration between traditional Cuban musicians and American guitarist and composer Ry Cooder. But Galbán's popularity in his home country long preceded that album and resulting documentary.
After his career was revived by the Buena Vista Social Club, he recorded a Grammy-winning album called Mambo Sinuendo with Ry Cooder, who told what made Galbán special in a 2003 NPR interview: "Nobody — but nobody — in Cuba has played guitar like this. He's strictly a renegade. It's just his — what can I say? It's in his hands."
Ry Cooder about Manuel Galban
"Galbán and I felt there was a sound that had not been explored: a Cuban electric guitar band that could reinterpret the atmosphere of the 50s with beauty, agility and simplicity ... This music is powerful, lyrical and funny. What more could you ask?
Manuel Galban, Cuban maestro of Doo Wop Noir, has died. This was the music you heard, walking down a dark street, behind old walls, in a ruined garden. You left the party - the talking and the laughter was much too loud. You felt something, and you listened. You listened to Herido De Sombras.
RY COODER: THE STORYTELLER!
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Ry Cooder: In conversation with Lynell George, Wednesday, October 5, 2011 | Herbst Theatre, 8pm
Ry Cooder is a world-famous guitarist, singer, and composer. A four-time Grammy winner known for his virtuosic slide guitar work, Cooder’s music spans an eclectic range of musical styles including country, folk, calypso, rock & roll, blues, reggae, Hawaiian, Dixieland jazz, R&B, gospel, and vaudeville. Cooder played in Captain Beefheart's Magic Band and has accompanied Gordon Lightfoot, the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, among many others. A pioneer in resurrecting world music traditions even before the concept was familiar to many, Cooder has brought attention and acclaim to far-flung cultures through his collaborations with artists from every corner of the world, including the Cuban musicians of Buena Vista Social Club, Africa’s Ali Farka Toure, and India’s V.M. Bhatt. With "Los Angeles Stories", the artist’s first published collection of short fiction, Cooder turns his sensitive ear to a bygone era in one of America’s most iconic cities and the cool cats, outsiders, and oddballs that populated it.
Lynell George is a Los Angeles-based journalist who covers culture, social issues and identity politics as well as the arts. A frequent contributor to the Los Angeles Times, she is an assistant professor of English and journalism at Loyola Marymount University.
Source and Link: http://www.cityarts.net/n.cooder.html#.TjslKPysTlE.email
Prodigal Sons: Tall Tales and Whoppers Ry Cooder and Michael C. McMillen recall life in old Santa Monica, Sunday, July 31, 2011 | 4 pm.
Art Catalogues at LACMA would like to invite you to attend a book signing and conversation with artist Michael C. McMillen and his friend, musician Ry Cooder. Both Michael and Ry grew up in post World War II Santa Monica and attended Santa Monica high school under the cold war cloud of mid-century America. A 192 page, hardback book, produced in conjunction with Train Of Thought, McMillen’s current retrospective exhibition, will be available. Michael C. McMillen is the founding director of Aero Pacific Research, an entity focusing on perceptual cognition and the practical application of the Interflexed Ambiguity Principle. His popular Central Meridian (aka The Garage), a full scale, walk-in installation complete with car is part of LACMA’s permanent collection. The Oakland Museum of California is exhibiting “Michael C. McMillen: Train of Thought” (April 16, 2011–August 14, 2011), an exhibition spanning the 40-year career of this internationally renowned Southern California mixed-media artist, and featuring the large-scale multi-sensory installations, assemblages, sculptures, paintings, drawings and films that invite the viewer into a made-up world, a skill for which McMillen is best known. Ry Cooder grew up near the Douglas Aircraft factory, home of the DC-3. As a child, Cooder looked forward to a career as an automobile pin-striper, but "There was no one around to teach me." The honky-tonk music of the beer joints frequented by local aircraft workers made a strong impression on the young Cooder, and he resolved to make music his life work. "My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You, by Ray Price, that did it for me. I couldn’t do my homework after that one." Cooder says. Along the way, there have been projects of some note: "Buena Vista Social Club," and the mournfully spacious musical score to the film, "Paris Texas”, just to name a few. "Music has been a good road. I always hoped to hear from Ray Price, but so far, nothing."
Art Catalogues Bookstore, Ahmanson Building, Level 1 | Free, no reservations. Space is limited | Please call or email to pre-order signed copies of Michael’s new book Michael McMillen: Train of Thought firstname.lastname@example.org (323) 857-6587.
Thank you Charlie B. for sending me the links!
Ry Cooder: "Los Angeles Stories" (City Lights Noir) Paperback - available October 1, 2011 -Los Angeles Stories is a collection of loosely linked, noir-ish tales that evoke a bygone era in one of America's most iconic cities. In post-World War II Los Angeles, as power was concentrating and fortunes were being made, a do-it-yourself culture of cool cats, outsiders, and oddballs populated the old downtown neighborhoods of Bunker Hill and Chavez Ravine. Ordinary working folks rubbed elbows with petty criminals, grifters, and all sorts of women at foggy end-of-the-line outposts in Venice Beach and Santa Monica.
Rich with the essence and character of the times, suffused with the patois of the city's underclass, these are stories about the common people of Los Angeles, "a sunny place for shady people," and the strange things that happen to them. Musicians, gun shop owners, streetwalkers, tailors, door-to-door salesmen, drifters, housewives, dentists, pornographers, new arrivals, and hard-bitten denizens all intersect in cleverly plotted stories that center around some kind of shadowy activity. This quirky love letter to a lost way of life will appeal to fans of hard-boiled fiction and anyone interested in the city itself.
Ry Cooder is a world-famous guitarist, singer, and composer known for his slide guitar work, interest in roots music, and more recently for his collaborations with traditional musicians from many countries, including The Buena Vista Social Club. He has composed soundtracks for more than twenty films, including Paris, Texas. Two recent albums were accompanied by stories Cooder wrote to accompany the music. This is his first published collection of stories.
About the Author
Ry Cooder, an LA native, is a world-famous guitarist, singer, composer, producer and writer. He is known for his slide guitar work, his interest in roots music, and, more recently, for his collaborations with traditional musicians from many countries including The Buena Vista Social Club. Cooder has composed soundtracks for more than 20 films including Paris, Texas. Two recent albums were accompanied by books of stories written by Cooder to accompany the music.
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: City Lights Publishers (October 1, 2011)
Ry Cooder's New Collection of Stories
Fans who visit the European "They Drive By Night Tour" 2009 had a chance to pick up a piece of Ry's latest literary venture, Los Angeles Stories. You could buy a copy with or without the autograph of Ry Cooder. (I have a signed copy) The new collection, pictured above and available only at the 2009 tour, comprises what he describes to Stop Smiling magazine's Tony Scherman as "LA stories about common people, underclass, oddball folks who live downtown in 1940 or 1950 and work jobs you don’t know or care about, but funny things happen to them.”
Ry is featured in the latest issue of Stop Smiling, its third-annual "20 Interviews" special issue, published earlier this spring, in which 20 iconic figures talk in-depth about their craft and their exceptional careers.
The magazine's website, stopsmilingonline.com, has the unabridged interview with Ry. In it, he talks about his current passion, writing, an art he began crafting in earnest during the making of the first album in his California Trilogy, 2005's Chávez Ravine, continued through 2007's My Name Is Buddy, and culminated in the final Trilogy record, last year's I, Flathead. The deluxe version of that last includes a 95-page novella by Cooder about the album's central character, Kash Buk, a hard-living, car-racing, guitar-playing man with a space-alien sidekick.
"That Ry Cooder is exploring a new creative realm isn’t in itself surprising," says Stop Smiling's Tony Scherman. "What is surprising is how good I, Flathead is, the work of a born writer. And at 61, Cooder is ready to take a break from his four-decade career as a musical legend—assimilator of a rainbow of vernacular styles into his own blues-based sound and perhaps the greatest slide guitarist in pop-music history—to explore his newfound literary gift.
Read the complete, unabridged interview with Ry at http://www.stopsmilingonline.com.
RY COODER FACTS
Holmstrom's power trio released their fine live disc Late in the Night on the MC label in 2007. It was around that same time that Ry Cooder saw them open for Mavis Staples and sit in when her own band was late getting to the show. Afterwards, the great producer-facilitator told the famous gospel diva she should dump her other band for Holmstrom's crew. When Cooder offers advice, people tend to listen, and the rest is history.
Thanks Bob, for sending the article!
Source and complete article at: http://www.edmontonjournal.com/entertainment/Holmstrom+dishing+samplings+from+projects/4307190/story.html
NORTH MISSISSIPPI ALLSTARS
North Mississippi Allstars new album "KEYS TO THE KINGDOM" released on Februari 1st 2011.
Ry Cooder is one of the friends who contributes on this album on guitar and slide guitar. See below.
Two parts from the article on the NMA site:
- Very close friends of the family joined the band in fellowship to see NMA through this deepest of moments, among them Mavis Staples, Ry Cooder, Spooner Oldham, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Gordie Johnson and Jack Ashford (Motown Funk Brother tambourine player). All had collaborated with Jim and the boys over the years at one point or another and feel a deep kinship with the Dickinson family to this day. In between these three songs, sits the emotional centerpiece of the record, the ultimate love letter from a son to his lost father, "Ain't No Grave." The song features Jim's old partner in crime Ry Cooder on slide guitar and is simultaneously heartbreaking and uplifting, gut wrenching and empowering. Says Luther, "I woke up one morning on NMA's bus, and the lyrics to 'Ain't No Grave' came to me as fast I could write them. That night, after the show, I picked up a guitar, opened my lyric book and the melody came to me just as easily. The song is brutally honest and heartfelt."
Visit the NMA site for more info, like trackinfo, full article, etc. Use link below.
Source: NMA site.
Part from a NMA review from www.spinner.com
"The song 'Ain't No Grave,' that's just a brutally honest song about my father's passing and my daughter being born," Luther explains. "I wrote that really fast but I couldn't get past the lyrics and the melody. I tried overdubbing everything on it. I felt like a songwriter stuck with a pen -- I was too close to it and needed a new set of ears. I called Ry Cooder -- we'd been in touch with my Dad was sick -- and he said 'of course I'll play on it.' I sent it to him and his engineer said it took him all of five minutes."
Source and full review at: http://www.spinner.com/2011/01/28/north-mississippi-allstars-keys-to-the-kingdom/
Los Cenzontles released a new CD, Raza de Oro. Release date: October 12 2010. Ry Cooder plays mandolin and (slide)guitar on 1 song.
Article about Los Cenzontles at:
With a new manager (Dan Perloff), Los TexManiacs are involved in several projects. On the horizon is a Ry Cooder-produced album for Smithsonian Folkways, a follow-up to “Borders y Bailes,” the straight-up conjunto album that won the Tejano Grammy this year.
RY COODER New Song, "Quicksand"
June 29 2010
Ry Cooder's New Song, "Quicksand," is a Response to Arizona Immigration Law.
Ry Cooder appeared on New York public radio station WFUV, 90.7 FM, to premiere his latest effort, "Quicksand," a new song he wrote in response to Arizona's recent immigration law, SB 1070. You can listen to "Quicksand" on NPR. link: http://www.npr.org/blogs/allsongs/2010/06/24/128079790/exclusive-premiere-new-ry-cooder-single
The track is available exclusively on iTunes USA only, with all proceeds going to support MALDEF, the Mexican American Legal Defense & Education Fund. Unfortunately only available at iTunes USA!!!!! This is pure disregard to Ry Cooder (less proceeds) and Ry Cooder fans worldwide!!!!)
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Ry Cooder & Nick Lowe feat. Joachim Cooder on drums, Juliette Commagère and Alex Lilly on vocals at the Queen Elisabeth Hall, Antwerp Belgium - June 21 2009.