Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down

Submitted by nonesuch on Thu, 06/09/2011 - 16:16
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Inspired by a news headline about the Wall Street bailout, Ry Cooder began work on Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down with the track “No Banker Left Behind,” an ode to the corrupt few spared from the financial crisis while most were left to fend for themselves. Uncut calls this "one of his best albums ever ... an impassioned portrait of 21st century America and its injustices" in which Cooder is "remade as a modern-day Woody Guthrie, fearless and funny, for like Guthrie he nails his targets with droll humour while empathising with society's underdogs." The BBC calls it "essential listening."

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THERE'S YOU, THE CITIZEN, RUNNING IN CIRCLES LIKE A HEADLESS CHICKEN. AND THERE THEY ARE, THERE THEY ALL ARE, HERDING YOU FASTER AND FASTER THROUGH THE CIRCLE MAZE OF LIES AND DISTRACTION. WHO CAN YOU BELIEVE, WHO WILL THROW OUT THE LIFE LINE?

YOU NEED SIMPLE TOOLS, AND THAT'S WHAT THESE SONGS ARE ALL ABOUT. LEARN HOW JOHN LEE HOOKER WILL FIX THE SUPREME COURT IF ELECTED. LEARN A STIRRING NEW WAR-WITHOUT-END CHRISTMAS SING ALONG. STUDY THE REPORT ON THE NEW-TIME JIM CROW HEAVEN BILL #1070. WHAT DOES THE OUTLAW JESSE JAMES HAVE IN MIND FOR GOLDMAN SACHS? WHY DOES GOD HATE TELEVISION? AND THERE'S MORE...

EVERY SONG A REVELATION, A BEACON OF LIGHT IN THE ENDLESS TUNNEL OF MODERN LIFE, AND IT CAN BE YOURS.

Ry Cooder's new album, Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down, was released by Nonesuch/Perro Verde Records on August 30, 2011. Uncut calls it "one of his best albums ever ... an impassioned portrait of 21st century America and its injustices" in which Cooder is "remade as a modern-day Woody Guthrie, fearless and funny, for like Guthrie he nails his targets with droll humour while empathising with society's underdogs."

Ry Cooder premiered the album's opening track "No Banker Left Behind" on Truthdig Radio. On the program, Truthdig's Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer said of the album: "It's right up there with John Lennon's Working Class Hero, which I think trumps just about anything else as far as taking serious, political observations and putting them to music ... It's just a great album."

You can listen to "No Banker Left Behind" here:

ProductionCredits

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Produced by Ry Cooder
Recorded and mixed by Martin Pradler at Wireland Studios, Chatsworth, CA, Ocean Studios, Burbank, CA, and Drive-By Studios, North Hollywood, CA
Mastered by Bernie Grundman at Grundman Mastering

All songs written by Ry Cooder, Hi-Lo Shag Music, BMI, except for “Lord Tell Me Why,” by Ry Cooder, Hi-Lo Shag Music, BMI / Jim Keltner, OOOEEE Music, ASCAP

Art Direction: Ry Cooder, Al Quattrocchi & Jeff Smith
Design: Tornado Design, Los Angeles

Nonesuch Selection Number

527407

Number of Discs in Set
1disc
Album Status
Artist Name
Ry Cooder
MusicianDetails

MUSICIANS
Ry Cooder, vocal (1-13), guitar (1, 3-5, 7-13), mandola (1, 5), banjo (1), bass (1-4, 8, 12), bajo sexto (2, 6, 10), marimba (5, 11), keyboards (8), mandolin (12)
Joachim Cooder, drums (1-6, 10-13), bass (5)
Flaco Jimenez, accordion (2, 6, 10)
Arturo Gallardo, clarinet (2), alto sax (10)
Erasto Robles, trombone (2)
Carlos Gonzales, trumpet (2)
Pablo Molina, sousaphone, alto horn (2)
Edgar Castro, percussion (2)
Juliette Commagere, background vocals (4, 11)
Jesus Guzman, Raul Cuellar, Jimmy Cuellar, Ismael Hernandez, violins (4)
Terry Evans, Arnold McCuller, Willie Green, background vocals (5, 8, 13)
Robert Francis, bass (6)
Jim Keltner, drums (8)
Rene Camacho, bass (10, 11)
Robert Francis, bass (13)

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  • 527407

News & Reviews

  • Congratulations to all of the Nonesuch nominees for the 65th Grammy Awards: Molly Tuttle for Best New Artist and Best Bluegrass Album for Crooked Tree with Golden Highway; The Black Keys for Best Rock Album for Dropout Boogie and Best Rock Performance for "Wild Child"; Dan Auerbach for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical; Cécile McLorin Salvant for Best Jazz Vocal Album for Ghost Song and Best Arrangement, Instrumental and Vocals for "Optimistic Voices / No Love Dying"; Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride, and Brian Blade's LongGone for Best Instrumental Album; Brad Mehldau's Jacob's Ladder for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album; Punch Brothers' Hell on Church Street for Best Folk Album; Caroline Shaw & Attacca Quartet's Evergreen for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance; Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder's GET ON BOARD for Best Traditional Blues Album; Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (20th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition) for Best Historical Album and Best Album Notes for Bob Mehr; and Astor Piazzolla: The American Clavé Recordings. for Best Album Notes for Fernando González. 

  • Nearly sixty years after they first played together, Ry Cooder and Taj Mahal, longtime friends and collaborators, reunite with an album of music from two Piedmont blues masters who have inspired them all their lives: GET ON BOARD: THE SONGS OF SONNY TERRY & BROWNIE MCGHEE, out today on Nonesuch Records. With Taj Mahal on vocals, harmonica, guitar, and piano and Cooder on vocals, guitar, mandolin, and banjo—joined by Joachim Cooder on drums and bass—the duo recorded eleven songs drawn from recordings and live performances by Terry and McGhee, who they both first heard as teenagers in California. Also out today is a video them performing the song "Cornbread, Peas, Black Molasses," which you can watch here.

  • About This Album

    THERE'S YOU, THE CITIZEN, RUNNING IN CIRCLES LIKE A HEADLESS CHICKEN. AND THERE THEY ARE, THERE THEY ALL ARE, HERDING YOU FASTER AND FASTER THROUGH THE CIRCLE MAZE OF LIES AND DISTRACTION. WHO CAN YOU BELIEVE, WHO WILL THROW OUT THE LIFE LINE?

    YOU NEED SIMPLE TOOLS, AND THAT'S WHAT THESE SONGS ARE ALL ABOUT. LEARN HOW JOHN LEE HOOKER WILL FIX THE SUPREME COURT IF ELECTED. LEARN A STIRRING NEW WAR-WITHOUT-END CHRISTMAS SING ALONG. STUDY THE REPORT ON THE NEW-TIME JIM CROW HEAVEN BILL #1070. WHAT DOES THE OUTLAW JESSE JAMES HAVE IN MIND FOR GOLDMAN SACHS? WHY DOES GOD HATE TELEVISION? AND THERE'S MORE...

    EVERY SONG A REVELATION, A BEACON OF LIGHT IN THE ENDLESS TUNNEL OF MODERN LIFE, AND IT CAN BE YOURS.

    Ry Cooder's new album, Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down, was released by Nonesuch/Perro Verde Records on August 30, 2011. Uncut calls it "one of his best albums ever ... an impassioned portrait of 21st century America and its injustices" in which Cooder is "remade as a modern-day Woody Guthrie, fearless and funny, for like Guthrie he nails his targets with droll humour while empathising with society's underdogs."

    Ry Cooder premiered the album's opening track "No Banker Left Behind" on Truthdig Radio. On the program, Truthdig's Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer said of the album: "It's right up there with John Lennon's Working Class Hero, which I think trumps just about anything else as far as taking serious, political observations and putting them to music ... It's just a great album."

    You can listen to "No Banker Left Behind" here:

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Ry Cooder, vocal (1-13), guitar (1, 3-5, 7-13), mandola (1, 5), banjo (1), bass (1-4, 8, 12), bajo sexto (2, 6, 10), marimba (5, 11), keyboards (8), mandolin (12)
    Joachim Cooder, drums (1-6, 10-13), bass (5)
    Flaco Jimenez, accordion (2, 6, 10)
    Arturo Gallardo, clarinet (2), alto sax (10)
    Erasto Robles, trombone (2)
    Carlos Gonzales, trumpet (2)
    Pablo Molina, sousaphone, alto horn (2)
    Edgar Castro, percussion (2)
    Juliette Commagere, background vocals (4, 11)
    Jesus Guzman, Raul Cuellar, Jimmy Cuellar, Ismael Hernandez, violins (4)
    Terry Evans, Arnold McCuller, Willie Green, background vocals (5, 8, 13)
    Robert Francis, bass (6)
    Jim Keltner, drums (8)
    Rene Camacho, bass (10, 11)
    Robert Francis, bass (13)

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Produced by Ry Cooder
    Recorded and mixed by Martin Pradler at Wireland Studios, Chatsworth, CA, Ocean Studios, Burbank, CA, and Drive-By Studios, North Hollywood, CA
    Mastered by Bernie Grundman at Grundman Mastering

    All songs written by Ry Cooder, Hi-Lo Shag Music, BMI, except for “Lord Tell Me Why,” by Ry Cooder, Hi-Lo Shag Music, BMI / Jim Keltner, OOOEEE Music, ASCAP

    Art Direction: Ry Cooder, Al Quattrocchi & Jeff Smith
    Design: Tornado Design, Los Angeles