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Journal Archives for Ry Cooder

  • Nellie McKay, "Ry Cooder of the Ukulele"?

    Singer/songwriter Nellie McKay has made a name for herself setting witty, politically savvy lyrics, tongue firmly in cheek, to catchy music reminiscent of Brill Building tunesmiths. (Evidence of this can be found on Audra McDonald's 2006 album Build a Bridge, on which she sings McKay's "I Wanna Get Married." Sample lyric: "I need to cook meals / I wanna pack you cute little lunches / For my Brady bunches / Then read Danielle Steele.")

  • Ry Cooder's "El Chavez Ravine" in Museum Exhibit

    On October 27, the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles opens La Vida Lowrider: Cruising the City of Angels, a special exhibit celebrating the cultural history of lowrider cars in a city synonymous with car culture. A standout in the exhibit is El Chavez Ravine—a custom-built ice cream truck commissioned by Ry Cooder.

  • Ry Cooder on "Prairie Home Companion"

    Ry Cooder gave a rare live performance this past Saturday, March 24, on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, which was broadcasting from New York’s Town Hall. Ry and his band played songs from his new Nonesuch release, My Name Is Buddy.

  • UPDATE! Ry Cooder: My Name is Buddy

    After 40 years, Village Music in Mill Valley, California, will be closing its doors this fall. Ry Cooder will be honoring the historic Bay Area vinyl store with a rare in-store appearance on Saturday, March 10. He'll perform songs from his new album, My Name Is Buddy, which was recently featured on NPR's Morning Edition.

  • Ry Cooder in The Observer

    Ry Cooder's latest album, My Name Is Buddy, is due out on Nonesuch on March 6. "Hugely entertaining," exclaims the Observer. "It's a road trip through vernacular American music, dustbowl blues, gospel, folk and bluegrass in the company of three unlikely characters ... It sounds a little like Animal Farm as conceived by Woody Guthrie, or Bruce Springsteen's take on Wind in the Willows."