Monday, April 12, 2010

Number 354 - Ry Cooder

Number 354

Ry Cooder

"Little Sister"

................Genre: Alt Pop...............
Little Sister by eastmonkey
Defining Ry Cooder into a music category is sort of liking a Lady Gaga into ANY category of sound. Well ... at least Ry Cooder should be defined into a music category whereas Lady Gaga should be .... ah .. well you know.
Anyway, Ry Cooder is a musicians musician, although he is not considered a contemporary artist nor a chart making success, he is considered [by many, not just me] to be a backbone to music .. a sort of soul to be ones being. Ry Cooder can boast featuring with and influencing many artists, such as Rolling Stones, Little Feat, Captain Beefheart, Van Morrison, John Lee Hooker, Freddy Fender & Nick Lowe [to name a small few].
Ry has been performing music since the 60's and his last album was released in 2008 "I, Flathead". By the way .... Ry Cooder was voted by Rolling Stone Magazine as 8th in the world for The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, which is ironic as they [RS] find none of his songs noteworthy. ~ crowbarred
Im thinking .. chicken skin
Whether serving as a session musician, solo artist, or soundtrack composer, Ry Cooder's chameleon-like fretted instrument virtuosity, songwriting, and choices of material encompass an incredibly eclectic range of North American musical styles, including rock & roll, blues, reggae, Tex-Mex, Hawaiian, Dixieland jazz, country, folk, R&B, gospel, and vaudeville. The 16-year-old Cooder began his career in 1963 in a blues band with Jackie DeShannon and then formed the short-lived Rising Sons in 1965 with Taj Mahal and Spirit drummer Ed Cassidy. Cooder met producer Terry Melcher through the Rising Sons and was invited to perform at several sessions with Paul Revere & the Raiders. During his subsequent career as a session musician, Cooder's trademark slide guitar work graced the recordings of such artists as Captain Beefheart (Safe as Milk), Randy Newman, Little Feat, Van Dyke Parks, the Rolling Stones (Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers), Taj Mahal, and Gordon Lightfoot. He also appeared on the soundtracks of Candy and Performance.
No, not Neil Diamond or Bryan Ferry
Cooder made his debut as a solo artist in 1970 with a self-titled album featuring songs by Leadbelly, Blind Willie Johnson, Sleepy John Estes, and Woody Guthrie. The follow-up, Into the Purple Valley, introduced longtime cohorts Jim Keltner on drums and Jim Dickinson on bass, and it and Boomer's Story largely repeated and refined the syncopated style and mood of the first. In 1974, Cooder produced what is generally regarded as his best album, Paradise and Lunch, and its follow-up, Chicken Skin Music, showcased a potent blend of Tex-Mex, Hawaiian, gospel, and soul music, and featured contributions from Flaco Jimenez and Gabby Pahinui. In 1979, Bop Till You Drop was the first major-label album to be recorded digitally. In the early '80s, Cooder began to augment his solo output with soundtrack work on such films as Blue Collar, The Long Riders, and The Border; he has gone on to compose music for Southern Comfort, Goin' South, Paris, Texas, Streets of Fire, Alamo Bay, Blue City, Crossroads, Cocktail, Johnny Handsome, Steel Magnolias, and Geronimo. Music by Ry Cooder (1995) compiled two discs' worth of highlights from Cooder's film work.
High Definition rips my shorts
In 1992, Cooder joined Keltner, John Hiatt, and renowned British tunesmith Nick Lowe, all of whom had played on Hiatt's Bring the Family, to form Little Village, which toured and recorded one album. Cooder next turned his attention to world music, recording the album A Meeting by the River with Indian musician V.M. Bhatt. Cooder's next project, a duet album with renowned African guitarist Ali Farka Touré titled Talking Timbuktu, won the 1994 Grammy for Best World Music Recording. His next world crossover would become one of the most popular musical rediscoveries of the 20th century. In 1997 Cooder traveled to Cuba to produce and play with a group of son musicians who had little exposure outside of their homeland. The resulting album, Buena Vista Social Club, was a platinum-selling international success that made stars of Compay Segundo, Ibrahim Ferrer, and Rubén González and earned Cooder another Grammy. He continued to work on projects with his Buena Vista bandmates, including a collaboration with Manuel Galbán in 2003 titled Mambo Sinuendo. His other work in the 2000s included sessions with James Taylor, Aaron Neville, Warren Zevon, and Spanish diva Luz Casal. In 2005 Cooder released Chavez Ravine, his first solo album since 1987's Get Rhythm. The intriguing My Name Is Buddy followed in 2007. ~ [Steve Huey, All Music Guide]
For Randy Newman see #958
For Rolling Stones see #396, #689, #767
For Van Morrison see #987
For John Lee Hooker see #530
For Nick Lowe see #998
What does RS think of the mighty RY?
Ry Cooder is a virtuoso on fretted instruments"slide guitar, mandolin, Mexican tiple, banjo, Middle Eastern saz"who crossbreeds his own sense of syncopation with vernacular musics. As a fan/musicologist, he has sought out local styles such as calypso, Hawaiian slack-key guitar, Tex-Mex, gospel, country, vaudeville "coon songs," and most recently, with the Buena Vista Social Club, prerevolutionary Cuban music. He records with L.A. session players and various "ethnic" musicians in and out of their own contexts.
Cant hear anything on this ipod!
Cooder began playing the guitar when he was three years old. He has had a glass eye since he was four, when he accidentally stuck a knife in his left eye. In the early '60s Cooder became active in Southern California blues and folk circles, and in 1963 he played in an unsuccessful group with vocalist Jackie DeShannon. With Taj Mahal, another musical archivist, he started the Rising Sons in 1966. He also appears on Mahal's debut album. Cooder was a busy session player in the late '60s, working for Gordon Lightfoot and on numerous commercials. He was a member of Captain Beefheart's Safe As Milk (1967), although he quit just before Beefheart was scheduled to play the Monterey Pop Festival. He also sat in on Little Feat's 1971 debut LP. m0re ~ [Source: Rolling Stone]
Rolling Stone magazine deemed their '354th song of all Time' was "Watching The Detectives" by Elvis Costello. Elvis Costello has appeared in The Definitive 1000 of All Time @ #876
Other songs with reference to Ry Cooder ~ #636, #662, #896
Need more information on the song "Little Sister"? Here are some SongFacts for you to ponder over! Click here > Fact Stuff

Official Website for Ry Cooder @ This addy & for other Information/Biography click this link > Here ~ crowbarred [because power is knowledge]
Rolling Stone Top 500 Songs ranked this song at Number [Well, uh, he ah, um] and the Album ranked [OK ok ... we forgot him too]
This song has a Definitive 1000 rating of 80.7 out of 108
Elvis "King" Presley version
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