Ry Cooder
Ry Cooder

Ry Cooder

About Ry Cooder

Whether as a session musician, solo artist, or soundtrack composer, Ry Cooder's chameleonic guitar virtuosity, songwriting, and cover material encompass an eclectic range of North American musical styles, including rock, blues, Tex-Mex, Hawaiian, Dixieland, folk, R&B, gospel, and vaudeville. In addition, Cooder is an unofficial American cultural ambassador, partially responsible for bringing together the Buena Vista Social Club, recording with Ali Farka Touré and Manuel Galbán, to name a few. During the 1980s and '90s, he was a celebrated film composer, scoring The Long Riders, Paris, Texas, The End of Violence, The Border, and many more. Since 1989, he has won six Grammy Awards in genres ranging from children's music to folk to Latin, Americana, and world musics. Among his most notable albums in the 21st century are Chávez Ravine (2005) and San Patricio with the Chieftains (2010). In 2022, Cooder and Taj Mahal collaborated on Get On Board, a tribute to Piedmont bluesmen Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee.

  • HOMETOWN
    Los Angeles, CA
  • BORN
    March 15, 1947

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