Ry Cooder - Chicken Skin Music (1976)

Ry Cooder is an American musician, best known for his skill as a slide guitarist and his interest in American roots music.

For his fifth album, Cooder brought new sounds into his roots music stew. Chicken Skin Music is notable for incorporating both Hawaiian and Tex-Mex sounds with his usual folk/blues/gospel fusion. Working with Hawaiian musicians Gabby Pahinui and Atta Isaacs, and famed Norteno accordion player Flaco Jimenez, he approached these traditional musical forms with reverence and respect, and was able to pull them off with true authenticity. The real beauty of Chicken Skin Music, which is widely regarded as one of his best albums, is how he fused these genres together into one smooth whole.
The songs which he chose to perform in this style demonstrate his musical diversity - Leadbelly's "Bourgeois Blues" and "Goodnight Irene", Ben E. King's "Stand By Me", old-time fiddler Blind Alfred Reed's "Always Lift Him Up", Jim Reeves' 1959 country hit "He'll Have To Go", and others. Cooder plays a variety of instruments (electric, acoustic, slide and slack-key guitars, mandola, accordion and bajo sexto), and the backing musicians include drummer Jim Keltner, bassist Chris Ethridge, percussionist Milt Holland... as well as Flaco Jimenez on accordion, Gabby Pahinui on steel guitar and Atta Isaacs on slack-key guitar. Also includes backing vocals from Bobby King, Terry Evans, Cliff Givens, Herman Johnson and Jimmy Adams.

Paradise & Lunch (1974) <|> Showtime (1977)
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