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Ry Cooder
The Prodigal Son (May 11th, 2018)

Ry Cooder — The Prodigal Son

                      Ry Cooder — The Prodigal Son (May 11th, 2018) Ry Cooder — The Prodigal Son (May 11th, 2018)♦        The new set further extends the deep contribution made by Cooder to modern music and culture that dates back nearly 50 years. As a singer, writer, producer, guitarist and muse, he remains a unique voice and inspiration, with a vast catalogue of solo albums, collaborations, guest appearances and soundtracks. His last studio set was 2012’s Election Special. Virtuoso roots guitarist who was steeped in the blues, but spent his career exploring new musical worlds from Tex~Mex to Cuban bolero.     Birth name: Ryland Peter Cooder
Born: March 15, 1947, Los Angeles, California, United States
Origin: Santa Monica, California, United States
Instruments: Guitar bass mandolin banjo slide guitar bottleneck guitar Hawaiian guitar slack~key guitar
Genre: Americana, folk, country, country folk, bluegrass, blues, honky tonk
Location: Santa Monica, CA
Album release: May 11th, 2018
Record Label: Nonesuch
Genre: Folk, Blues, Country, Latino
Duration:     50:44
Tracks:
01. Straight Street     4:00
02. Shrinking Man     4:09
03. Gentrification     3:16
04. Everybody Ought To Treat A Stranger Right     3:48
05. The Prodigal Son     4:39
06. Nobody’s Fault But Mine     6:12
07. You Must Unload     5:27
08. I’ll Be Rested When The Roll Is Called     3:13
09. Harbor Of Love     5:49
10. Jesus And Woody     5:59
11. In His Care     3:39
Written by:
01. Straight street (James W. Alexander / Jesse Whitaker)
02. Shrinking man (Ry Cooder)
03. Gentrification (Ry Cooder / Joachim Cooder)
04. Everybody ought to treat a stranger right (Traditional; Blind Willie Johnson, Arr. by Ry Cooder)
05. The prodigal son (Traditional: Arranged by Ry Cooder /Joachim Cooder)
06. Nobody’s fault but mine (Blind Willie Johnson / Arr. Ry Cooder / Joachim Cooder)
07. You must unload (Alfred Reed)
08. I’ll be rested when the roll is called (Blind Roosevelt Graves)
09. Harbor of love (Carter Stanley)
10. Jesus and Woody (Ry Cooder)
11. In his care (William L. Dawson)
℗ 2018 Perro Verde Records, LLC. Under exclusive license to Fantasy Records, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.
Review
By Daniel Kreps, March 1, 2018
■       Ry Cooder announced his new album ‘The Prodigal Son,’ the acclaimed guitarist’s first LP in six years, and unveiled the lead track “Shrinking Man”.
■       Ry Cooder detailed his new album The Prodigal Son, his first LP in six years. It features a mix of Cooder originals and interpretations of songs by Blind Willie Johnson, Blind Roosevelt Graves, the Stanley Brothers and other traditional recordings. According to Cooder, the album’s 11 tracks, set for release May 11th, offer “a deft commentary on our ailing moral state.”
■       “I do connect the political/economic dimensions with the inner life of people, since people are at risk and oppressed on all sides in our world today,” Cooder said in a statement. “There’s some kind of reverence mood that takes hold when you play and sing these songs. ‘Reverence’ is a word I heard my granddaughter’s nursery school teacher use, a Kashmiri woman. She said, ‘We don’t want to teach religion, but instill reverence.’ I thought that was a good word for the feeling of this music.”
■       Cooder, one of Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Guitarists, also trumpeted the impending arrival of his new album with the rollicking lead track “Shrinking Man,” an original Cooder penned for the LP.
■       In addition to The Prodigal Son, the guitarist will also embark on his first full tour of North America since 2009 this summer.  ■     https://www.rollingstone.com/
Description:
■ ■ ■      Spring/Summer Tour Will Support the Renowned Musician, Producer and Songwriter’s First Solo Release in Six Years
■ ■ ■      The Prodigal Son, Ry Cooder’s first new solo release in six years, is set for release by Fantasy Records on May 11th, 2018.  Listen to the lead track, “Shrinking Man”.
■ ■ ■      Recorded in Hollywood, CA, and produced by Ry and his chief collaborator, drummer Joachim Cooder, The Prodigal Son is all America — our spiritual, hopeful voices, our raw cries and our sly provocations, voiced through the songs of the Pilgrim Travelers, The Stanley Brothers, Blind Willie Johnson, and Ry Cooder himself.
■ ■ ■      The album’s 11 tracks, including three Cooder originals and a carefully selected collection of his favourite spirituals of the last century, share a particular resonance in this time and place, forming an unflinching look at the state of play in modern America. “I do connect the political/economic dimensions with the inner life of people, since people are at risk and oppressed on all sides in our world today,” he stated. “There’s some kind of reverence mood that takes hold when you play and sing these songs. ‘Reverence’ is a word I heard my granddaughter’s nursery school teacher use, a Kashmiri woman. She said, ‘We don’t want to teach religion, but instill reverence.’ I thought that was a good word for the feeling of this music.”
■ ■ ■      For nearly 50 years, the immense scope and influence of Ry Cooder’s music has been felt as much, or more than heard.  As master musician, producer, songwriter and sage, the Santa Monica, California native has explored music and culture from across the city, the state, the country and around the world.  Framed by his expressive vocals and elegant guitar work, this is music for these times.  A deft commentary on our ailing moral state, The Prodigal Son is a fearless dive into the country’s soul, and the man, Ry Cooder.
■ ■ ■      Cooder will bring The Prodigal Son Tour to venues throughout North America this spring and summer, his first full tour since 2009.  
BOOK:
■ ■ ■      A Los Angeles Times’s and Southern California Indie Bookseller Association’s Bestseller!
■ ■ ■      Los Angeles Stories is a collection of loosely linked tales that evoke a bygone era in one of America’s most iconic cities. In post~World War II Los Angeles, as power was concentrating and fortunes were being made, a do~it~yourself culture of cool cats, outsiders and oddballs populated the old downtown neighborhoods of Bunker Hill and Chavez Ravine. Ordinary working folks rubbed elbows with petty criminals, grifters, and all sorts of women at foggy end~of~the~line outposts in Venice Beach and Santa Monica.
■ ■ ■      Rich with the essence and character of the times, suffused with patois of the city’s underclass, these are stories about the common people of Los Angeles, “a sunny place for shady people,” and the strange things that happen to them. Musicians, gun shop owners, streetwalkers, tailors, door~to~door salesmen, drifters, housewives, dentists, and pornographers, new arrivals and hard~bitten denizens all intersect in cleverly plotted stories that center around some kind of shadowy activity. This quirky love letter to a lost way of life will appeal to fans of hard~boiled fiction and anyone interested in the city itself.
Praise for Los Angeles Stories:
■ ■ ■      “Taken as a whole, this collection offers a panoramic view of a rapidly changing Los Angeles and its immigrant communities, rich in period detail and idiomatic dialogue, sometimes based on Cooder’s own memories of growing up in the same neighborhoods in which the stories are often set.” — Uncut Magazine
■ ■ ■      “Cooder shouldn’t stop making records. He should keep writing, too.” — Rolling Stones
■ ■ ■      “The stories of Ry Cooder are a lot like his music: stately, precise, well constructed; they grab you by the throat, quietly, and never let go. . . . “ — Andrew J. Khaled Madigan, The Iowa Review
■ ■ ■      “The strict Los Angeles setting — the city’s highs and lows romanticised ceaselessly — make them like Raymond Chandler or Mickey Spillane.” — Chris Johnston, Sydney Morning Herald
■ ■ ■      “In Los Angeles Stories, his first published collection of stories, Cooder pays homage to the jazz, the blues and the Latin beat of a bygone era. He also honors a cast of boisterous musicians, some murdered, others spared to tell their gritty tales of life and death. A few famous musicians — John Lee Hooker and Charlie Parker among them — make cameo appearances in these pages, but most of the guitar players, drummers and lounge singers are as unknown as the repossession men, waitresses and mechanics they entertain in forgotten bars and derelict nightclubs.” — San Francisco Chronicle
•         Publisher City Lights Publishers
•         Format Paperback
•         Nb of pages 224 p.
•         ISBN~10 0872865193
•         ISBN~13 9780872865198
•         Buy Los Angeles Stories now at CityLights.com or Amazon.com.
Label: http://fantasyrecordings.com/
Website: http://rycooder.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/rycooder
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rycooderofficial/
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Ry Cooder
The Prodigal Son (May 11th, 2018)

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