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Watch: Ry Cooder Joins TIME's Joe Klein on the Road

  • Tuesday, June 19, 2012
    Watch: Ry Cooder Joins TIME's Joe Klein on the Road

    Ry Cooder has joined TIME magazine political columnist Joe Klein for a few days on the writer's road trip across the United States. Klein is crossing the country, talking to Americans in towns along the way about the state of the nation as the fall election season approaches. It's something to which Cooder is particularly attuned; his forthcoming album, Election Special, due out on August 21 from Nonesuch / Perro Verde Records, is a wake-up call on that very thing.

    "Ry Cooder has provided much of the sound track of my life," Klein writes of his traveling companion. "He’s been writing political songs in recent years, and unlike most in that often-too-obvious genre, each is musically exquisite."

    On their tour stop in Dayton, Ohio, Day 13 of Klein's trip, Cooder introduces him to local fiddler Dan Gellert before the two musicians take the stage at the Trolley Stop for a live set. Watch the video below.

    Read more of what Joe Klein has to say about Cooder and follow him on road trip across the United States in TIME's election blog Swampland at time.com. Read Cooder's thoughts on his forthcoming album, Election Special, in the Nonesuch Journal.

on June 19, 2012 - 2:46pm
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Ry Cooder joined TIME's Joe Klein on the columnist's road trip across the US. Klein is crossing the country, talking to Americans about the state of the nation as the fall election season approaches. It's something to which Cooder is particularly attuned, given the subject of his new album, Election Special, out August 21. "Ry Cooder has provided much of the sound track of my life," writes Klein. "He’s been writing political songs in recent years, and unlike most in that often-too-obvious genre, each is musically exquisite." Watch a video of the pair meeting up with fiddler Dan Gellert in Dayton, Ohio, here.

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Ry Cooder has joined TIME magazine political columnist Joe Klein for a few days on the writer's road trip across the United States. Klein is crossing the country, talking to Americans in towns along the way about the state of the nation as the fall election season approaches. It's something to which Cooder is particularly attuned; his forthcoming album, Election Special, due out on August 21 from Nonesuch / Perro Verde Records, is a wake-up call on that very thing.

"Ry Cooder has provided much of the sound track of my life," Klein writes of his traveling companion. "He’s been writing political songs in recent years, and unlike most in that often-too-obvious genre, each is musically exquisite."

On their tour stop in Dayton, Ohio, Day 13 of Klein's trip, Cooder introduces him to local fiddler Dan Gellert before the two musicians take the stage at the Trolley Stop for a live set. Watch the video below.

Read more of what Joe Klein has to say about Cooder and follow him on road trip across the United States in TIME's election blog Swampland at time.com. Read Cooder's thoughts on his forthcoming album, Election Special, in the Nonesuch Journal.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 12:00
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Ry Cooder 2012 by Joachim Cooder

Comments

Thanks for this. Ry Cooder is a National Treasure and my all-time musical hero. More, please!!!

I think its way past time that the "world" recognize what an influential, thorougly outstanding musician Mr. Cooder is (as well as writer)!!! Do i hear Kennedy Center Honor, do i hear Rand R Hall of Fame,do i hear any prestigious award groups recognizing this fact !!! Long past due! This man is much more than a national treasure,whatever that is!!!!!!! When is the last time anyone played Paradise and Lunch,Bop Til You Drop, ,or Jazz or Long Ryders soundtrack and on and on!! Countless more!!! could go on forever about his talent !!! Head and shoulders above them all !!!,

Outstanding ! When someone yelled 'man-up' very few stood- Ry Cooder is one of the few. Truly is a national treasure ! To think I'm less than an hour away from Dayton & I missed him. What an opportunity lost !

It warms my heart,everytime I know that Ry Cooder is about to do some new music....He's the best guitarist of all time.

Uber Kool! I just wish we could get a little bit of Ryland up here in Canada. Wonderful stuff this.

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