My Name Is Buddy
My Name Is Buddy: Another Record by Ry Cooder is the thirteenth studio album by Ry Cooder. It is the second social-political concept album by Ry Cooder. Cooder has described it as the second in a trilogy that began with Chávez Ravine and concluded with I, Flathead; the album is packaged in a small booklet that includes a brief story and drawing to accompany each song. Both the songs and the stories relate tales from the viewpoint of the characters, Buddy Red Cat, Lefty Mouse, Reverend Tom Toad; the liner notes ask listeners/readers to join them as they "Journey through time and space in days of labor, big bosses, farm failures, company cops, sundown towns and trains... the America of yesteryear." My Name is Buddy was reviewed in the mainstream media to a favorable reception The album was well received, however, in folk music circles, becoming a cover feature in Sing Out! and receiving a nomination for the Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album at the 50th Grammy Awards. "Suitcase in My Hand" - 2:54 Ry Cooder, Roland White, Joachim Cooder - drums), Paddy Moloney, Mike Seeger "Cat and Mouse" - 5:02 Ry Cooder, van Dyke Parks "Strike!"
- 5:07 Ry Cooder, Joachim Cooder, Mike Seeger "J. Edgar" - 2:37 Ry Cooder, Mike Seeger, Pete Seeger "Footprints in the Snow" - 3:07 Ry Cooder, Roland White, René Camacho, Joachim Cooder, Flaco Jiménez, Van Dyke Parks, Mike seeger "Sundown Town" - 2:57 Terry Evans, Bobby King, Ry Cooder, Jim Keltner "Green Dog" - 7:33 Ry Cooder, Juliette Commagere, Joachim Cooder, Stefon Harris, Jacky Terrasson "The Dying Truck Driver" - 4:56 Ry Cooder, Roland White, Mike Seeger "Christmas in Southgate" - 3:27 Ry Cooder, René Camacho, Joachim Cooder, Flaco Jiménez, Van Dyke Parks, Mike Seeger, Roland White "Hank Williams" - 4:09 Ry Cooder, Joachim Cooder, Mike Elizondo "Red Cat Till I Die" - 3:08 "The original Cardboard Avenue Jaywalkers": Buddy Red Cat, Lefty Mouse, The Reverend Tom Toad "Three Chords and the Truth" - 5:02 Ry Cooder, Joachim Cooder "My Name Is Buddy" 3:12 Ry Cooder, Joachim Cooder "One Cat, One Vote, One Beer" - 4:15 Ry Cooder, Joachim Cooder, Jon Hassell "Cardboard Avenue" - 4:33 Ry Cooder, Joachim Cooder, Mike Elizondo, Jim Keltner, Mike seeger, Roland White "Farm Girl" - 3:54 Ry Cooder, Juliette Commagere, Mike Elizondo, Jim Keltner, Mike Seeger, Roland White "There's a Bright Side Somewhere" - 4:49 Ry Cooder, Mike Elizondo, Flaco Jiménez, Jim Kelter, Paddy Moloney, Van Dyke Parks, Mike Seeger See track listing above Recorded by Don Smith at Sound City Studios, Van Nuys, California Additional recording by Sunny D. Levine at Orange Stella Studio, Santa Monica, California and in Beacon, New York.
Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down
Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down is the fourteenth studio album by American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ry Cooder. It released on August 2011, by Nonesuch Records. Following his 2008 album I, Cooder pursued a more political direction with his songwriting, inspired by the late-2000s economic crisis and protest songs of the past. Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down was written and produced by Cooder, who recorded its songs at Drive-By Studios, Ocean Studios, Wireland Studios in California, he played various instruments and worked with musicians such as Flaco Jiménez, Juliette Commagere, Robert Francis, Jim Keltner. Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down features topical songs with socio-political subject matter about 21st-century America, including economic disparity, social injustice, war, its music is rooted in Americana and incorporates traditional styles and musical language from historical sources such as country blues and American roots music. The record has been noted by critics for its eclectic musical range, allegorical songs, working-class perspective, Cooder's sardonic lyrics.
The album performed better in Europe. Cooder expressed disillusionment with the music industry in response to the record's poor commercial performance. Critically, the album was a greater success, earning him widespread acclaim and comparisons to folk singer-songwriter Woody Guthrie. According to Slant Magazine's Joseph Jon Lanthier, "the orchestrated indignation of incorporated a protean Greek chorus of economic victims and beat Occupy Wall Street to the punch by several weeks." After an 18-year hiatus from solo projects, Cooder returned with a trilogy of sociopolitical, Southern California-themed albums, comprising Chávez Ravine, My Name Is Buddy, I, Flathead. The albums examined various disenfranchised peoples through humorous, scholarly lyrics and esoteric musical styles. After completing the trilogy with I, Flathead in 2008, Cooder worked on The Chieftains' 2010 album San Patricio. Cooder was inspired to record Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down by the late-2000s economic crisis and past protest songs.
In interviews prior to the album's release, Cooder expressed strong anti-Republican and anti-banker sentiments in discussion about the political and economic climate. Before conceiving the album, he wrote and recorded the song "Quicksand" in 2010, as a response to the controversy spurred by Arizona Senate Bill 1070 and other anti-illegal immigration measures in the United States. In an interview for The Australian, Cooder said of his decision to pursue a more political direction with his songwriting: "I was still working on the Flathead record. I was paying attention to events, politically. So I started trying to write political songs because it's good to have something you can do other than just sit and fume about everything. After Barack Obama got elected I started thinking about other stories that might be good to do, it occurred to me that the social and political problems that we've been having, well it's deja vu all over again, as the man said." In early 2011, Cooder was inspired to write the song "No Banker Left Behind", subsequently the rest of the album, by a headline about bankers and other affluent people who had profited from the bank bailouts and resulting recession during the late-2000s.
In an interview with Kai Ryssdal on Marketplace, Cooder cited the song as the starting point for writing the album and stated, "'No Banker Left Behind' originated with a line from Robert Scheer's Truthdig blog. I read this pretty and when I saw this, this metric I thought'no banker left behind.'" He compared the album's content to Woody Guthrie's songs about the Dust Bowl era during the Great Depression and said of his own songs, "What I like in the idea of these songs is if you follow the logic of each tune — this happened and this happened and you can see that at the end, this is the result, you just didn't see it this way before, you never thought of Wall Street in terms of Jesse James and bilingual heft."Recording sessions for Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down took place at Drive-By Studios in North Hollywood, Ocean Studios in Burbank, Wireland Studios in Chatsworth, California. The album was written and produced by Cooder, except "Lord Tell Me Why", co-written by session drummer Jim Keltner.
Cooder worked with vocalist Juliette Commagere, accordionist Flaco Jiménez, bassist Robert Francis, vocalist Arnold McCuller, drummer Joachim Cooder, Cooder's son. Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down was mixed by Martin Pradler and mastered by recording engineer Bernie Grundman at his Hollywood studio Grundman Mastering. Most of the album was engineered in Pradler's living room. Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down's music is rooted in Americana and draws on a number of styles, including blues, ragtime, norteño, country music. For the songs, Cooder adapted musical language from historical sources and incorporated styles from both North and South American traditions. In his interview on Marketplace, he explained his stylistic approach for Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down, stating "to me, these musical styles and sounds are narratives as well. I mean everything about them — if it's an accordion, the banda horns for the immigrant tunes — they all are part of the story, and you can see it you can imagine the Arizona border that's hot, 120 degrees in the shade, dusty.
The banda horns are coming from some truck over there." According to him, musical settings for certain songs were decided based on their respective compositions, such as when "the words would come to me in ¾ time, that meant corrido, that means accordion.
Chávez Ravine (album)
Chávez Ravine: A Record by Ry Cooder is the twelfth studio album by Ry Cooder. It is the first concept album and historical album by Ry Cooder which tells the story of Chávez Ravine, a Mexican-American community demolished in the 1950s in order to build public housing; the housing was never built. The Brooklyn Dodgers built a stadium on the site as part of their move to Los Angeles. Chávez Ravine was nominated for "Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album" in 2006. "Poor Man's Shangri-La" - 5:28 Ry Cooder - vocal, organ, tres Juliette Commagere - vocal Jim Keltner - drums Mike Elizondo - bass Joachim Cooder - timbales "Onda Callejera" - 3:50 Little Willie G. - vocal Juliette Commagere, Carla Commagere - vocal chorus Ry Cooder - guitar, laud Joachim Cooder - percussion Mike Elizondo - bass Joe Rotondi - piano Gil Bernal - tenor saxophone Mike Bolger - trumpet Ledward Kaapana - guitar "Don't Call Me Red" - 4:58 This song is about Frank Wilkinson Ry Cooder - vocal, guitar Juliette and Carla Commagere - vocal chorus Jon Hassell - trumpet Jim Keltner - bongos Joachim Cooder - timbales Mike Elizondo - bass "Corrido de Boxeo" - 3:21 Lalo Guerrero - vocal Ry Cooder - bajo sexto, guitar Joachim Cooder - drums Mike Elizondo - bass Joe Rotondi - piano Flaco Jiménez - accordion "Muy Fifí" - 4:03 Ersi Arvizu - vocal Little Willie G. Jacob Garcia - vocal chorus Ry Cooder - guitar Joachim Cooder - drums, sampling Mike Elizondo - bass Chucho Valdés - piano "Los Chucos Suaves" - 3:08 Lalo Guerrero - vocal Ry Cooder - guitar Jim Keltner - drums Mike Elizondo - bass Joe Rotondi - piano Gil Bernal - tenor sax "Chinito Chinito" - 4:52 Juliette Commagere - vocal Carla Commagere - vocal Ry Cooder - guitar Joachim Cooder - drums Jared Smith - bass Mike Bolger - organ, valve trombone Joe Rotondi - piano "3 Cool Cats" - 2:57 Little Willie G. - vocal Rudy Salas, Michael Guerra, Juliette Commagere, Carla Commagere - vocal chorus Ry Cooder - guitar Jim Keltner - drums Joachim Cooder - timbales Jared Smith - bass Joe Rotondi - piano Gil Bernal - tenor sax Mike Bolger - organ "El U.
F. O. Cayó" - 8:22 Juliette Commagere - vocal Don Tosti - vocal Ry Cooder - tres Mike Elizondo - bass Joachim Cooder - Sampling Jared Smith - keyboard "It's Just Work for Me" - 5:54 Ry Cooder - vocal, guitar Joachim Cooder - drums Mike Elizondo - bass "In My Town" - 5:40 Ry Cooder - vocal, guitar Sunny D. Levine - drum programming Jacky Terrasson - piano "Ejército Militar" - 3:16 Ersi Arvizu - vocal Rosella Arvizu - vocal Ry Cooder - bajo sexto, guitar Joachim Cooder - drums Mike Elizondo - bass Flaco Jiménez - accordion "Barrio Viejo" - 4:42 Lalo Guerrero - vocal, guitar Flaco Jiménez - accordion Joachim Cooder - drums Mike Elizondo - bass Ledward Kaapana - guitar "3rd Base, Dodger Stadium" - 5:45 Bla Pahinui - vocal, ukulele Ry Cooder - guitar Joachim Cooder - drums Mike Elizondo - bass Joe Rotondi - piano Gil Bernal - tenor sax Mike Bolger - trumpet, valve trombone Ledward Kaapana - guitar "Soy Luz y Sombra" - 3:15 Ersi Arvizu - vocal Little Willie G. - vocal Juliette Commagere - vocal Ry Cooder - guitar Joachim Cooder - drums, sampling Jared Smith - bass David Hidalgo - guitar
Into the Purple Valley
Into the Purple Valley is the second studio album by roots rock musician Ry Cooder, released in 1972. The album's front cover is listed number 12 on Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Album Covers. Side One "How Can You Keep Moving" – 2:25 "Billy the Kid" – 3:45 "Money Honey" – 3:28 "FDR in Trinidad" – 3:01 "Teardrops Will Fall" – 3:03 "Denomination Blues" – 3:58Side Two "On a Monday" – 2:52 "Hey Porter" – 4:34 "Great Dream from Heaven" – 1:53 "Taxes on the Farmer Feeds Us All" – 3:52 "Vigilante Man" – 4:15 Ry Cooder – guitar, vocals Van Dyke Parks – keyboards Gloria Jones – vocals Claudia Lennear – vocals George Bohanon – horns John Craviotta – drums Joe Lane Davis – horns Jim Dickinson – piano Chris Ethridge – bass Milt Holland – percussion Jerry Jumonville – saxophone Fritz Richmond – bass Donna Washburn – vocals Donna Weiss – vocals Ike Williams – horns
Borderline (Ry Cooder album)
Borderline is the ninth album by Ry Cooder and was released in 1980 by the Warner Bros. "634-5789" – 2:56 "Speedo" – 3:20 "Why Don't You Try Me" – 4:54 "Down in the Boondocks" – 3:21 "Johnny Porter" – 5:21 "The Way We Make a Broken Heart" – 4:28 "Crazy'Bout an Automobile" – 5:03 "The Girls from Texas" – 4:40 "Borderline" – 3:19 "Never Make Your Move Too Soon" – 6:08 Source: album cover Ry Cooder – guitar, vocals Jim Keltner – drums George "Baboo" Pierre – percussion Tim Drummond – bass Reggie McBride – bass William D. Smith – piano, vocals John Hiatt – guitar, vocals Jesse Harms – synthesizer Bobby King – vocals Willie Greene, Jr. – vocalsTechnicalLeslie Morris - production assistant Lee Herschberg - recording, mixing
The Prodigal Son (Ry Cooder album)
The Prodigal Son is a 2018 studio album, the sixteenth to be released by American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ry Cooder. A successor to his 2012 album Election Special, Cooder's first album in six years, The Prodigal Son seeks a return to the Gospel-infused spirit of his early career. Notably, the album features covers of the songs of the likes of Blind Alfred Reed, the Pilgrim Travelers and the Stanley Brothers alongside 3 original compositions. According to Cooder, the album was borne from Cooder's 2015–16 tour alongside Bluegrass musicians Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White of The Whites and finds a basis in incorporating elements of some of the white gospel music performed during the tour. To promote the album, two in-studio video performances were released to the official Ry Cooder YouTube channel. All tracks written by Ry and Joachim Cooder, except where noted
Chicken Skin Music
Chicken Skin Music is Ry Cooder's fifth studio album, released in 1976, on the Reprise label. Sources: Ry Cooder – producer Judy Maizel, Trudy Portch - production coordination Lee Herschberg - engineer, mixing Lloyd Cruft - engineer Bobby Hata, John Neal - assistant engineers Chet Himes, John Ingle - engineering Kenny Price - album cover and painting Susan Titelman - photography Noel Newbolt - production assistance CD Chicken Skin Music Reprise 1988 Cassette Chicken Skin Music Reprise 1990 CD Chicken Skin Music Reprise 1990 CD Chicken Skin Music WEA 2007 CD Chicken Skin Music Reprise 2008 "He'll Have To Go" / "The Bourgeois Blues", Reprise: K 14457 "Goodnight Irene" / "Chloe", Reprise: K REP14473