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New work from Ry Cooder, “Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down”

September 3rd, 2011

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Track Listing
1 No Banker Left Behind 3:34
2 El Corrido de Jesse James 4:15
3 Quick Sand 3:14
4 Dirty Chateau 5:28
5 Humpty Dumpty World 4:17
6 Christmas Time This Year 2:47
7 Baby Joined the Army 6:34
8 Lord Tell Me Why 3:00
9 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
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News & Reviews

Friday, September 2, 2011
Ry Cooder’s New Album “Magnificent,” Exclaims the Guardian in Five-Star Review

Ry Cooder’s new album, Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down, receives perfect five-star reviews from the Guardian and the Independent.

“Magnificent,” exclaims the Guardian. “Cooder returns with a solo project that is as refreshing, brave and original as his early recordings in the 70s.” The Independent says he offers “the modern-day equivalent of the kind of dust-bowl ballads with which Woody Guthrie once hymned the poor and skewered the wealthy.” The Boston Herald finds it’s “just what America needs in these uncertain times.” The Morton Report says “it’s obvious there isn’t anything he can’t do … and the way Cooder builds his own musical world continues to thrill.” The San Francisco Chronicle, reviewing Cooder’s two sold-out shows there this week, says “Cooder is a true master of the guitar.”
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Ry Cooder Appears on PRI’s “Here & Now”; BBC Calls New Album “Essential Listening”

Ry Cooder’s new album, Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down, was released yesterday, prompting David Dye, host of NPR’s World Cafe, to tweet that the album “just shot to my best of list. Ry got pissed off enough to make another masterpiece.” Cooder performs two sold-out shows at San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall, tonight and tomorrow, and is today’s guest on NPR’s Here & Now. The BBC calls the album “a powerful state of the nation address” that “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.”

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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.”

You can listen to “No Banker Left Behind” here:

Credits

MUSICIANS
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)

PRODUCTION CREDITS
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

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