Ry Cooder Live Album For September

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Ry Cooder’s first live record in more than 30 years, Live in San Francisco, will be released on Friday September 6 by Nonesuch/Perro Verde Records.

Recorded in 2011 during a special two-night engagement at San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall, the album includes 12 songs and was produced by Cooder. The Corridos Famosos band includes Joachim Cooder on drums; Robert Francis on bass; vocalists Terry Evans, Arnold McCuller, and Juliette Commagere; Flaco Jimenez on accordion; and the ten-piece Mexican brass band La Banda Juvenil. The ensemble for the rare performance was so large that some of the musicians played from the balcony!

Live in San Francisco includes original songs and interpretations of other material ranging across Cooder’s entire career, from his 1970 eponymous debut album, Boomer’s Story, Into The Purple Valley (1972), Boomer’s Story (1972), Chicken Skin Music (1975) and Borderline (1980) to more recent originals such as ‘Lord Tell Me Why’ and ‘El Corrido de Jesse James,’ with a version of Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs’ ‘Wooly Bully.’

Cooder’s only previous ‘official’ live album was the 1977 release Show Time, on which Evans and Jimenez were also featured. Show Time was also recorded at San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall.

Ry Cooder and Corridos Famosos – Live in San Francisco Tracklisting:

1. Crazy ’Bout an Automobile (Every Woman I Know) – (Billy “The Kid” Emerson)
2. Why Don’t You Try Me – (Billy Young)
3. Boomer’s Story – (Trad./Carson Robison)
4. Lord Tell Me Why – (Ry Cooder)
5. Do Re Mi – (Woody Guthrie)
6. School Is Out – (Gene Barge & Gary Anderson)
7. The Dark End of the Street – (Chips Moman & Dan Penn)
8. El Corrido de Jesse James – (Ry Cooder)
9. Wooly Bully – (Domingo Samudio)
10. Volver Volver – (Fernando Maldonado)
11. Vigilante Man – (Woody Guthrie)
12. Goodnight Irene – (Huddie Ledbetter & John Lomax)

Brian Wise

Brian Wise was the Editor of Addicted To Noise‘s Australian site from 1997 – 2002. The site won two ONYA Awards as Best Online Music Magazine in 1999 & 2000. He has also been Editor since its reincarnation in 2013. He also presents the weekly music interview program Off The Record on 102.7 Triple R-FM (rrr.org.au) in Melbourne. It is networked to 45+ stations across Australia on the Community Radio Network and is a four-time winner of the Best Music Program Award from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In 2012, it was nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Music Programming category. Brian was also the Founding Editor & Publisher of Rhythms Magazine and is now its Senior Contributing Editor.

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