Van Dyke Parks helps on new album too
Ry Cooder is set to release new studio album “My Name is Buddy” on March 5 through Nonesuch/ Perro Verde Records.
Detailing the life, rambles, and political education of Buddy Red Cat, Ry Cooder has enlisted help from legendary friends and musicians such as banjo master Mike Seeger, his brother Pete, Roland White, Van Dyke Parks, Paddy Maloney, Flaco Jiminez, Stefon Harris, and Joachim Cooder.
The new album features seventeen brand new songs, and each one is accompanied by a story/vignette written by Cooder and also a drawing by noted artist Vincent Valdez.
Buddy Red Cat’s eyes, according to Cooder, “are opened to a roiling world of trouble, a place of unnecessary pain and undeserved suffering, but a site as well of remarkable resilience and resistance. His journey affords him the opportunity to find out what kind of a cat he really is, and what kind of cat he wants to become.”
“My Name is Buddy” is the follow-up to Ry Cooder’s 2005 Grammy-nominated “Chavez Ravine”, a remembrance of a vanished neighbourhood in Los Angeles.