Ry Cooder — Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down (2011)
Ryland “Ry” Peter Cooder (born 15 March 1947 in Los Angeles, CA, USA) is an American guitarist, singer and composer. Cooder was ranked 8th on Rolling Stonemagazine’s list of “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” A 2010 ranking by Gibson placed him at number 32. He is known for his slide guitar work, his interest in blues~rock, roots music from the United States, and, more recently, for his collaborations with traditional musicians from many countries. TRACKS:
01 No Banker Left Behind 3:34
02 El Corrido de Jesse James 4:15
03 Quick Sand 3:14
04 Dirty Chateau 5:28
05 Humpty Dumpty World 4:17
06 Christmas Time This Year 2:47
07 Baby Joined the Army 6:34
08 Lord Tell Me Why 3:00
09 I Want My Crown 2:36
10 John Lee Hooker for President 6:06
11 Dreamer 5:04
12 Simple Tools 5:05
13 If There’s a God 3:06
14 No Hard Feelings 5:52
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 STARTING ON AUGUST 30.
⊆ Ry Cooder’s new album, Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down, was released by Nonesuch/Perro Verde Records on CD and digital August 30, 2011, with vinyl to follow on September 13. 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.”
• 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)
• 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
RECORD LABEL: NONESUCH RECORDS (http://www.nonesuch.com/albums/pull-up-some-dust-and-sit-down)
REVIEW BBC: As good a riposte to the grubby, grabbing times we live in as any artist has mustered. Andy Fyfe 2011~08~30
• When Ry Cooder recorded his first two albums, collections of songs by the likes of Lead Belly and Woody Guthrie that evoked the desperate times of the Great Depression, he could scarcely have imagined that 40 years later he’d be singing of the same old problems, but relating them to modern times.
• In the intervening years since that eponymous 1970 debut and the following year’s Into the Purple Valley, Cooder has learned to trust his own songwriting rather than relying on his encyclopaedic folk and blues knowledge, and few of his nearly 30 albums and soundtracks have been as strong as this.
• His last album, I, Flathead in 2008, told the story of beatnik salt flats racer Kash Buk, and although one theme similarly emerges from Pull Up Some Dust…, here Cooder delivers numerous desperate, broken, bloodied and disenfranchised folk left to rot by those who put greed before humanity. Individually they are studies in blues, country, dustbowl folk and boogie, but collectively they add up to a powerful state of the nation address.
• Bleak humour streaks most of Pull Up Some Dust…, whether it’s the hard~done~by financiers dragging up the ladders on No Banker Left Behind, maimed soldiers returning home in the anti~war polka Christmas Time This Year, or his hilarious impersonation on John Lee Hooker for President, which imagines The Hook’s manifesto for the White House (“Everyone gets one bourbon, one scotch, one beer / Three times a day if they stay cool / And little chill’uns get milk, cream and alcohol / Two times a day if they stay involved in school”).
⇒ Elsewhere, Jesse James contemplates returning from Heaven to visit some Old West justice on Wall Street in the Tennessee waltzing El Corrido de Jesse James, the pleasures of an uncomplicated life are extolled in Tex~Mex ballad Simple Tools and The Almighty is lambasted for His negligence in If There’s a God. In the end, however, on parting shot No Hard Feelings Cooder dismisses the rich and powerful as ripples in history welcome to go their way if they let him travel his own path.
⇒ Good luck with that, Ry, but this is about as good and sustained a riposte to the grubby, grabbing times we live in as any artist has mustered, which makes it essential listening.
Ry Cooder — Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down (2011)