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The Roots Of...Ry Cooder: Featuring Leadbelly, Woody Guthrie And Robert Johnson

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  • Audio CD (25 Feb 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Catfish
  • ASIN: B000060K8J
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 361,846 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Do re mi - Guthrie, Woody
2. Pigmeat Papa - Leadbelly
3. Police dog blues - Blind Blake
4. Brownsville blues - Estes, 'Sleepy' John
5. Dark was the night - Johnson, 'Blind' Willie
6. On a Monday - Leadbelly
7. Vigilante man - Guthrie, Woody
8. Cherry ball blues - James, Skip
9. Taxes on the farmer feeds them all - Fiddlin' John Carson
10. The bourgeois blues - Leadbelly
11. You can't stop a Tattler part 1 - Phillips, Washington
12. You can't stop a Tattler part 2 - Phillips, Washington
13. Diddle wah diddie - Blake, Arthur 'Blind'
14. How can a poor man stand such times and live - Blind Alfred Reed
15. Viola Lee blues - Cannon's Jug Stompers
16. Cross road blues - Johnson, Robert
17. Irene - Leadbelly
18. Statesboro blues - McTell, 'Blind' Willie
19. Poor me - Patton, Charley
20. Candy man blues - Hurt, 'Mississippi' John
See all 21 tracks on this disc

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Ry Cooder ~ Roots Of Ry Cooder

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Everything you've ever heard Ryland P. Cooder play or sing (on his own, for THE LONG RIDERS; PARIS, TEXAS; SOUTHERN COMFORT; GERONIMO, etc.) stems from this era of America's history; he merely acknowledges and salutes their pain. Their (and his own) 'sound' is one of solitude. The Depression of 1929-33 hit the USA a lot more than we in other Western countries care to appreciate. Husbands and fathers, ashamed at losing their jobs and no longer being able to provide for their families, simply 'dropped-out,' not coming home one day, becoming Hobos and Bums (or questionable local 'heroes' like Bonnie & Clyde and John Dillinger), roaming the vast tracts of that great country - which was further hit by prolonged droughts in the southern Mid-West, the so-called Dustbowl, when the total absence of rains and 'Tornado Alley' dried-up the once-prosperous southern Corn-belt (mostly Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas) - on foot or by stealing a ride on the trains as they chugged across the dissicated prairies to ... wherever.
The artists and their tracks on this disc (hero of the Dustbowl-era Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, Sleepy John Estes, and 'the King' of Agony: Robert Johnson [the one ALL Blues artists defer to], et al.) put the listener - if he/she can appreciate the 'mood' - on that long dusty road with a pitiful knapsack dangling from a stick (like in the cartoons, and in woeful mono) as they drift from town to town searching for work, any work, whilst pouring out their heart-felt pain and agony at the crossroads ...
There simply was no social security as we know it today. "How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live" [Track 14: Blind Alfred Reed].
Just listen to Blind Willie Johnson's DARK WAS THE NIGHT. It is the template for Ry Cooder's PARIS, TEXAS soundtrack. And there just ain't none like it, son ...
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