Ry Cooder

Interview + Performance

Friday, August 01, 2008

Ry Cooder was a legendary guitarist long before his success producing Buena Vista Social Club. His new record I, Flathead is the third in his trilogy about Southern California. It tells the story of drag racers and engine tinkerers in the desert in the 1950s. One of the songs riffs off of Johnny Cash's "Hey, Porter" -– a tune that got Cooder into trouble when he was a kid.

    Music Playlist
  1. Little Trona Girl
    Artist: Ry Cooder
    Album: I, Flathead
    Label: Nonesuch
    Purchase: Amazon
  2. Flathead One More Time
    Artist: Ry Cooder
    Album: I, Flathead
    Label: Nonesuch
    Purchase: Amazon
  3. Johnny Cash
    Artist: Ry Cooder
    Album: I, Flathead
    Label: Nonesuch
    Purchase: Amazon
  4. My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You
    Artist: Ray Price
    Album: 16 Biggest Hits
    Label: Sony
    Purchase: Amazon
  5. Dos Gardenias
    Artist: Ry Cooder and Buena Vista Social Club
    Album: Buena Vista Social Club
    Label: Nonesuch
    Purchase: Amazon

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Ry Cooder

Comments [4]

John Moore from Detroit

This was a great interview - I'm hearing it about 2 years after the fact, but I'm still glad to have bumped into it.

Yes- the amateur spirit is where they keep all the sparks.

Mar. 15 2010 12:16 AM
Uncle Drew from Budapest

Kurt,

Well-turned phrase, the "amateur spirit". God knows, it's tough to maintain it.

Aug. 09 2008 05:12 AM
Tac Mason from Nashville

I'm so glad I got to hear Ry talk about the pre=media culture as a more creative era.
Zen mind-beginners mind

Aug. 02 2008 11:26 PM
Alexander from uk

Very good interview .

Aug. 02 2008 06:01 PM

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