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"CAPTAIN BILLY’S MAGIC 8 BALL" -RY COODER - "CROSS-POLLINATION STATION" FEATURING THE ALBUM "CHICKEN SKIN MUSIC" IN HIGH DEF WITH THE CAPTAIN'S NARRATIVE -EPISODE # 69 -THE CAPTAIN EXPLORES HIS COVE OF 8 TRACKS TREASURES FOR INSIGHT AND DELIGHT

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“CAPTAIN BILLY’S MAGIC 8 BALL” -RY COODER – “CROSS-POLLINATION STATIONFEATURING THE ALBUM “CHICKEN SKIN MUSICIN HIGH DEF WITH THE CAPTAIN’S NARRATIVE -EPISODE # 69 -THE CAPTAIN EXPLORES HIS COVE OF 8 TRACKS TREASURES FOR INSIGHT AND DELIGHT

“CROSS-POLLINATION STATION

CHICKEN SKIN MUSIC by Ry Cooder (Reprise, 1976)

Ok, this is the man, my guiding light, the pathfinder. His version of “Big Bad Bill is Sweet William Now,” off of his Jazz album, became my theme song. Although it was a hopeless cause, and I never even attempted slide, his scholarly approach to music and his ability to blend folk, country, gospel, blues, jazz, bop, doo wop, Norteno, Hawaiian, Hindu, Cuban… you name it… into one seamless, personal statement, has guided my artistic approach my entire life. Ryland Peter Cooder, I can’t thank you enough for your inspiration. From the time you were a Santa Monica teen-aged session player, playing slide on the Rolling Stones Sister Morphine, or teaming up with Taj Mahal (another Neo traditionalist great) in The Rising Sons, you’ve been an American treasure.

Chicken Skin Music (the Hawaiian slang for goose bumps) is a perfect example of his cross cultural magic: Here Ry brings together Hawaiian slide master Gabby Pahinui for Hank Snow’s Yellow Roses, and puts Tejana accordion genius, Flaco Jimenez on Jim Reeve’s He’ll Have to Go and Ben E KIng’s Stand By Me. He rocks on Lead Belly’s Bourgeois Blues and takes us to church on Always Lift Him Up.

The credits of this string and soundtrack maestro (ranked #8 on the list of All time greatest guitarists), are too numerous to mention, but I must give a nod to the musical archaeology of the ground breaking album and film from the 1990’s , Buena Vista Social Club, responsible for the career revival of Havana’s Son, Bolero, and Danzon masters.

In Ry’s mind it’s all one big musical stew. What a beautiful, holistic vision of a universe united by our common musical expression. Kick back and experience the warm glow and good flow of this Utopian block party.

RY COODER- GET ON BOARD

Side One: 1. “The Bourgeois Blues” Lead Belly 3:22 2. “I Got Mine” Traditional; based on Pink Anderson’s version 4:28 3. “Always Lift Him Up / /Kanaka Wai Wai” Blind Alfred Reed/Traditional 6:01 4. “He’ll Have to Go” Joe Allison, Audrey Allison 5:07

Side Two: 5. “Smack Dab in the Middle” Charles E. Calhoun 3:18 6. “Stand by Me” Ben E. King, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller 3:38 7. “Yellow Roses” Ken Devine, Sam Nichols 6:11 8. “Chlo-e” (instrumental) Gus Kahn, Neil Moret 3:00 9. “Goodnight, Irene” Lead Belly, John Lomax 4:32


By Rich Buckland 08/22/2022 02:31 PM

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