Ry Cooder stopped touring on a regular basis several years ago, but every so often he likes to play at one of the best venues in the country, The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. I was lucky enough to see him there five years ago with Nick Lowe.
This is Cooder’s second live album. The first one, Show Time was recorded at the same venue 36 years ago, and on this new release he is joined by two musicians who appeared on that album, singer Terry Evans and the amazing Tejano accordion player, Flaco Jiménez.
Asides from being one of the greatest slide guitarists and finger pickers in the world, Cooder is one of the great chroniclers and archivists of American traditional and popular music. He has consistently in his 40 plus years of recording, and has brought seemingly disparate conglomerations of musicians together with brilliant results. This new album recorded in 2011 over two nights at the end of the summer is no exception.
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