My Name Is Buddy CD (2007)

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On My Name Is Buddy, Ry Cooder revisits, in a new set of original material, the sound and feeling of the "dust bowl songs" he first explored more than three decades ago on such groundbreaking albums as his self-titled 1970 debut and 1971's In The Purple Valley. In fact, he's joined by old friends like pianist Van Dyke Parks and drummer Jim Keltner who were with him at the start of his extraordinary, ultimately globe-spanning musical odyssey, which has yielded him six Grammy Awards to date, several more nominations, and perennial acclaim. My Name Is Buddy is also a journey, a phantasmagorical rendering in music, words and pictures of the travels of three unlikely cohorts - Buddy Red Cat, Lefty Mouse and Reverend Tom Toad - as they meander through the west "in the days of labor, big bosses, farm failures, strikes, company cops, sundown towns, hobos and trains...the America of yesteryear." For this allegorical tale, Cooder marshals all his remarkable skills as a producer, arranger, songwriter, soundtrack composer and musicologist. (The Christian Science Monitor recently dubbed him "a modern-day Alan Lomax.") My Name Is Buddy recalls Woody Guthrie's Bound for Glory - that is, if it had been enacted by the articulate animal characters of Walt Kelly's classic comic Pogo. Cooder conjures up the dark shadows of an earlier time to wryly comment on the political and social issues of the present. As back-story to his songs, Cooder has written short stories for each one and they're accompanied by evocative illustrations from noted San Antonio-based painter and muralist Vincent Valdez, all of which are included in a specially designed package.

Specifications

Label Nonesuch
SKU 203989461
UPC 075597996128
UPC 14 00075597996128
Format CD
Release Date 3/6/2007
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Author Ry Cooder
Compilation Appearance Streets Of Fire
Compilation Appearance A Toda Cuba Le Gusta
Compilation Appearance Best Of Flaco Jimenez
Compilation Appearance Hooker (Box) (Spkg)
Compilation Appearance My Blueberry Nights
Compilation Appearance San Patricio
Compilation Appearance San Patricio
Compilation Appearance Discover Carlos Nunez
Compilation Appearance Woody Guthrie At 100 Live At The Kenn
Compilation Appearance This Ain't No Mouse Music
Compilation Appearance Soundtracks
Associated Artist/Work Bernstein, Elmer
Associated Artist/Work Bernstein, Elmer (Composer/Cond
Associated Artist/Work Chicken Skin Band (The)
Technical Info
Engineer Don Smith; Martin Pradler; Sunny Levine
Producer Ry Cooder
CatalogID 7559799612
Lable Name Nonesuch (USA)
Released 03/05/2007
Original Release 2007
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 70m : 42s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00075597996128
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Ry Cooder (vocals, guitar, bajo sexto, banjo, mandola, keyboards); Ry Cooder (bass instrument); Buddy Red Cat (vocals, guitar); Roland White (vocals, mandolin); Julliette Cammagere, Bobby "Blanco" King, Bobby King , Juliette Commagere (vocals); Paddy Moloney (whistling, whistle, Uilleann pipe); Lefty Mouse (fiddle); Reverend Tom Toad (tambourine); Terry Evans (vocals); Mike Seeger (banjo, fiddle, harmonica); Pete Seeger (banjo); Flaco Jim?nez (accordion); Jon Hassell (trumpet); Jacky Terrasson , Van Dyke Parks (piano); Joachim Cooder (keyboards, drums, percussion); Jim Keltner (drums).
Recording information: Beacon, NY; Chateau Martin, Los Angeles, CA; Orange Stella Studio, Santa Monica, CA; Sound City Studios, Van Nuys, CA.
Photographer: Susan Titelman.
With a concept that could have failed on so many levels in lesser hands, Ry Cooder stuns once again in MY NAME IS BUDDY and demonstrates why he is one of America's most adventurous musicians. His chosen material is a loose collection of animal character sketches--the titular Buddy is a cat--based on labor struggles and the lower class in Depression-era America. Think of it as Woody Guthrie meets Beatrix Potter.
While an odd construct on page for a man that jammed with Beefheart, the Stones, and the Buena Vista Social Club, MY NAME IS BUDDY flies with every track. The stellar cast of musicians includes the brothers Seeger, Van Dyke Parks, Jim Keltner, Paddy Moloney of the Chieftains, and Flaco Jimenez, and grounds the fairy tale atmosphere with musical blood and guts. The ensembles tear through early-19th-century forms (country blues, bluegrass, and old-time arrangements) with a rollicking flair.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.90) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Cooder employs the pitch-perfect instrumentation that he's famous for, featuring gutbucket blues and old-timey, PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION fare..."
Q (p.117) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[A] typically thorough exploration of raw American folk, dustbowl blues, jazz and country, all laced with Steinbeck-ian working-class socialism."
Disc 1
1 Suitcase In My Hand
2 Cat And Mouse
3 Strike!
4 J. Edgar
5 Footprints In The Snow
6 Sundown Town
7 Green Dog
8 Dying Truck Driver, The
9 Christmas In Southgate
10 Hank Williams
11 Red Cat Till I Die
12 Three Chords And The Truth
13 My Name Is Buddy
14 One Cat, One Vote, One Beer
15 Cardboard Avenue
16 Farm Girl
17 There's A Bright Side Somewhere
Reviews
ReviewSource Rolling Stone
Review Guitarist-producer Ry Cooder has had at least nine lives as a musician, having done everything from playing on the Rolling Stones' Sticky Fingers to kick-starting the Buena Vista Social Club. Now he's followed up his excellent 2005 Chicano concept album, Chavez Ravine, with a concept album about a talking cat. Cooder was inspired by a mysterious photo sent to him of a cat's head grafted onto Lead Belly's body: Set in the Dust Bowl era, My Name Is Buddy is intended as a modern parable, a world where "Don't take no mice to be your friend" turns out to be bad advice. Musically, Cooder employs the pitch-perfect instrumentation that he's famous for, featuring gutbucket blues ("Three Chords and the Truth") and old-timey, Prairie Home Companion fare ("Suitcase in My Hand"). And tunes like the political "One Cat, One Vote, One Beer" prove that, at age sixty, Cooder can still get frisky.
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Reviewer Evan Schlansky
ReviewRating 6
Product Attributes
Artist Cooder,Ry
Label Nonesuch Records
Music Format Compact Disc

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