Ry Cooder has announced the
August 30 release of Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down. The six-time
Grammy winner is a hired gun guitarist, album producer, songwriter and
soundtrack composer, but he is best known for his production credits
with the Buena Vista Social Club and the other groups surrounding the
late-'90s Cuban music renaissance as well as landmark albums with
Ali Farka Toure and the Chieftains. Cooder's own albums have been
a mix of unconventional solo releases and soundtrack work.
His three recent solo albums
(referred to as the California Trilogy) covered such topics as the destruction
of a neighborhood to build Dodger Stadium in 2005's Chavez Ravine,
the adventures of a hobo cat (as in feline) on 2007's Call Me Buddy,
and the fictional musician and Salt Flats racer Kash Buk in 2008's
I, Flathead (which also included a 100-page hardcover novella).
On Pull Up Some Dust,
Cooder looks to the Wall Street bailout as inspiration. Cooder's page
on the Nonesuch label (who releases his albums) offered the following
teaser (in classic Cooder speak) for the new 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
"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..."
You can go here to hear the song "No Banker Left
Behind" from the new album. Cooder's usual studio cohorts will be
joined by Los Cenzontles, which he also brought in for part of the Chieftains'
San Patricio album.
You can also go here to hear Cooder's take on the album in a radio interview with Truthdig Radio's Peter Scheer. Cooder will also mark the album's release with rare live performances to be held at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall on August 31 and September 1. For these dates he'll joined by special guests Los Cenzontles.