"Quicksand," the new single written and performed by Ry Cooder in response to Arizona law SB 1070 and the current immigration battle in the US, is now available, exclusively at iTunes. Cooder has chosen MALDEF, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, to receive all proceeds from sales of the single.
"Quicksand," the new single written and performed by Ry Cooder in response to Arizona law SB 1070 and the ongoing immigration battle in the US, is available starting today, exclusively at iTunes. As described by Cooder, "Quicksand" is a slow-burning rocker that tells the story of six would-be immigrants making their way from Mexico to the Arizona border. He has pledged to donate all proceeds from the song to MALDEF, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund.
Thomas A. Saenz, MALDEF President and General Counsel, thanked Cooder for his gracious donation and said: "Defeating Arizona's SB 1070—and the potential copycat laws that have since been announced by unscrupulous legislators around the nation—will require a broad national community effort to reinforce the constitutional principles and values that characterize our nation. Our heartfelt thanks to Ry Cooder for being a leader in that necessary community effort."
"Quicksand" features Cooder on vocals, guitar, and bass; his son Joachim on drums; along with backup vocals by Lucina Rodgriguez and Fabiola Trujillo of Mexican roots band Los Cenzontles. The artwork for the single features the piece Nuthin' to See Here, Keep on Movin'! by frequent Cooder collaborator Vincent Valdez.