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Preaching to the choir about Ry Cooder, absolutely love what he brings to the table and know when I see his name in the acknowledgments that the projects he is involved in are going to be better than if he wasn't involved. To mention a few other artist I feel that way about I would have to include Leon Russell, Allen Toussaint and T Bone Burnett, but yes Ry is a special player. Enjoy the music
An arch top Gibson @tomic601, not a guitar Ry is known to play. Wonder where that pic was taken. In the interview he states he has about 50 guitars to his name. Guitarists are lucky, they don't take up much room. My collection of 20 vintage drumsets and 40 snare drums fills a 10' x 20' storage space.
@marqmike, the A Meeting By The River album is one of the best recordings I've ever heard. Ry did the first digitally-recorded Pop (non-Classical) album---Bop Til You Drop, and hated the sound (it's great musically, however). When he heard a Water Lily recording, he asked aloud why his records didn't sound that good. He sought out Kavi Alexander---owner/recording engineer of Water Lily---and A Meeting By The River was the result.
I've been a fan almost since he made his first recording. I have a wonderful memory from almost 30 years ago of my 11 and 6-year-old daughters bouncing around the back seat of my car screaming/singing "Little sister don't you do what your big sister done" when I played his "Bop Till You Drop" album on the cassette player. They knew the words to the whole album.
I'm a recent Cooder convert. He is just an amazing musician. Each new (to me) album I listen to of his is a revelation. I recently found a NOS copy of Pull Up Some Dust on vinyl and I cannot stop listening to it. I have a feeling it won't be long before I own dozens of his titles. He's a true American treasure.