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Ry Cooder

Ry Cooder

Ry Cooder artist page: interviews, features and/or performances archived at NPR Music

Studio Sessions

Angélique Kidjo.

March 26, 2012 Hear from King Sunny Ade, Angélique Kidjo and Bela Fleck; plus Ry Cooder on Buena Vista Social Club.

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April 9, 2007 Cooder has spent his decades-spanning career experimenting with rootsy American music.

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October 3, 2005 For more than 40 years, Ry Cooder has shown his prowess as a gifted musical jack-of-all-trades.

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Interviews & Profiles

San Patricio

March 7, 2010 San Patricio features an unlikely pairing of traditional Irish music with Mexican music.

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May 31, 2008 The Cuban guitarist became known in the U.S. after playing with Buena Vista Social Club.

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April 9, 2007 Cooder has spent his decades-spanning career experimenting with rootsy American music.

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March 6, 2007 Ry Cooder recounts hardships of the Dust Bowl migration through the tale of a "red" cat named Buddy.

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January 27, 2003 The guitarist collaborated with Manuel Galban at the studio where they made Buena Vista Social Club.

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Discover Songs

Demonstrators Protest Against AZ Sheriff Arpaio During His Visit To CA

August 17, 2010 Alt.Latino looks at the artists most vocally opposed to the controversial legislation.

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June 24, 2010 Arizona's battle over immigration has inspired a new single from venerated guitarist Ry Cooder.

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chieftains and cooder

March 1, 2010 Hear San Patricio in its entirety for the week leading up to its release.

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March 20, 2007 Ry Cooder manipulates the sound of 1930s American music: minstrel folk, country ballads and blues.

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August 16, 2006 Lost among Ry Cooder's early works is an eclectic little under-loved gem: Boomer's Story.

May 18, 2005 Remembering lost L.A. with Ry Cooder; 'Bohemian Rhapsody' retooled by Grey Delisle; A new vocal ...

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December 22, 2003 Our picks for the best CDs of 2003.

December 9, 2002 A sneak peek at new work from Ry Cooder; Iceland's beautiful but elfish Sigur Ros; An All Songs ...

News

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June 24, 2010 Arizona's battle over immigration has inspired a new single from venerated guitarist Ry Cooder.

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July 5, 2005 The musician takes up the story of the impoverished Los Angeles neighborhood of immigrants.

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Reviews

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June 24, 2008 Julianne Shepherd of The Fader discusses this week's new music releases.

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March 20, 2007 Ry Cooder manipulates the sound of 1930s American music: minstrel folk, country ballads and blues.

February 5, 2006 A look beyond the obvious choices at Grammy-nominated music you might not have heard.

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More Stories

The Los Angeles band Cambalache specializes in son jarocho, a style from Mexico's Gulf Coast.

August 7, 2011 Betto Arcos returns with a playlist of Los Angeles world musicians who have caught his ear.

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Mambo Sinuendo

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  • Album: Mambo Sinuendo
  • Artist: Ry Cooder & Manuel Galbán
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My Name Is Buddy

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  • Album: My Name Is Buddy
  • Artist: Ry Cooder
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  • Released: 2007
 

Shake, Rattle and Polka!

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  • Album: Shake, Rattle and Polka!
  • Artist: Jimmy Sturr
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  • Released: 2005
 

Possibilities

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  • Album: Possibilities
  • Artist: Herbie Hancock
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A Blessing

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  • Artist: John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble
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Manuel Guajiro Mirabal

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Guero

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Monkey Business

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Chavez Ravine

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Momentum

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Why Should the Fire Die?

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In the Heart of the Moon

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  • Artist: Ali Farka Toure, Toumain Diabate
 

LCD Soundsystem

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  • Label: DFA
  • Released: 2005
 

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I, Flathead

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Hercules & Love Affair [Bonus Tracks]

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  • Album: Hercules & Love Affair [Bonus Tracks]
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  • Label: Mut
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Last 2 Walk [Deluxe Edition CD/DVD]

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  • Album: Last 2 Walk [Deluxe Edition CD/DVD]
  • Artist: Three 6 Mafia
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Boomer's Story

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  • Album: Boomer's Story
  • Artist: Ry Cooder