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My Name Is Buddy CD (2007)

Artist: Ry Cooder

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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.


Label Nonesuch
SKU 203989461
UPC 075597996128
UPC 14 00075597996128
Format CD
Release Date 3/6/2007
Author Ry Cooder
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.
Reviewer Evan Schlansky
ReviewRating 6
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Artist Cooder,Ry
Label Nonesuch Records
Music Format Compact Disc
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