Ry Cooder has had several fascinating musical careers. As a young guitar slinger for hire man he was a sought-after session player from the mid-1960’s and appeared on records by The Monkees, Captain Beefheart, Little Feat, Randy Newman and the Rolling Stones who – according to rumour – he almost joined. As a solo performer he made a string of acclaimed and eclectic albums between 1970-87 with strong roots in blues, folk,Tex-Mex and other vernacular American styles. At the same time, he worked as a film composer, scoring more than a dozen films, including Wim Wenders’ classic Paris, Texas (1984). In the 1990s he embarked on a series of Grammy-winning world music collaborations with V.M.Bhatt, Ali Farka Touré and, of course, the Buena Vista Social Club™ and Ibrahim Ferrer.
In 2005 he released “Chavez Ravine”, his first solo recording in 18 years. It was the start of one of the most prolific phases of his career for he’s since released two more with “My Name Is Buddy” (2007) and “I, Flathead” (2008). He was ranked number eight on Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.