Ryland Cooder has been around for ever. He’s played with everyone from the Monkees to the Rolling Stones, dug up more musical archeology than just about anyone other than the late Alan Lomax, introduced great musicians like the Buena Vista Social Club to the world and worked on classic films like Paris, Texas.
His musical career kicked off in the early 1960s playing with Taj Mahal and Ed Cassidy in a little band called Rising Sons, although their studio efforts weren’t released for about 30 years.
Albums, studio work (the highlight of which has to be playing on the Let It Bleed sessions when he provided mandolin on Love in Vain and slide on Sister Morphine) and some songwriting filled the coming years but after a long break from recording, Cooder stepped back into the limelight with a couple of sociological storybooks, Chavez Ravine and My Name is Buddy in 2005 and 2007.
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