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With Ry Cooder

Mike talks to one of the world's greatest roots musicians: the Grammy Award-winning guitarist, songwriter and producer Ry Cooder.

Mike Harding presents an hour of the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music, including classic tracks and the best new releases. This week, Mike talks to one of the world's greatest roots musicians: the Grammy Award-winning guitarist, songwriter and producer Ry Cooder.

Ry's fifteenth solo album, Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down, is a scathing and often humorous attack on the people he thinks are responsible for so many of the world's social ills. The new album comes more than four decades into a remarkable career that began with Ry playing in LA band the Rising Sons with Taj Mahal.

He later joined Captain Beefheart's Magic Band and recorded session guitar for the Rolling Stones, but his passion for the roots music of the USA, and beyond, has spawned a string of classic solo albums, and led to acclaimed collaborations with Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Ali Farka Touré and Buena Vista Social Club. In 2003 he was named the eighth best guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone magazine.

On this week's programme, Ry talks to Mike Harding about the making of his new album, and how he channelled the outrage that fuelled this latest collection.

57 minutes

Last on

Wed 28 Sep 2011 19:00

Music Played

  • Seamie O’Dowd

    Crooked Jack

    • The Rough Guide To Irish Folk (Second Edition).
    • Rough Guide RGNET1226.
  • Cherish the Ladies

    Dirty Old Town

    • Country Crossroads: The Nashville Sessions.
    • Big Mammy Records 0006.
  • Mark Dunlop

    The Three Huntsmen

    • Islands On The Moon.
    • Greentrax CDTRAX 307.
  • Anna Elias and The Forlorn Hope

    Lullaby

    • Valleys In The Flatlands.
    • UPM Records UPMCD 11-207.
  • Julie Fowlis

    Òganaich Ùir A Rinn M' Fhàgail

    • Live At Perthshire Amber.
    • Machair Records MACH 002.
  • Jeff Warner

    Ho Boys Ho

    • Long Time Travelling.
    • Wild Goose WGS 385 CD.
  • Ry Cooder

    No Banker Left Behind

    • Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down.
    • Nonesuch 7559797683.
  • Ry Cooder

    Christmas Time This Year

    • Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down.
    • Nonesuch 7559797683.
  • Ry Cooder

    No Hard Feelings

    • Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down.
    • Nonesuch 7559797683.
  • Ashley Hutchings, Richard Thompson, Dave Mattacks, John Kirkpatrick & Barry Dransfield

    Ashley Hutchings, Richard Thompson, Dave Mattacks, John Kirkpatrick & Barry Dransfield - G

  • The Alan Kelly Gang

    The Garden

    • Small Towns & Famous Nights.
    • Blackbox Music BB006.

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