Ry Cooder has a NEW album, but that's not why I'm writing this. I caught up with Ry Cooder over the phone for his first live album release in 35 years. Corridos Fomosos, he corrected my pronunciation as you'll hear. This was a live album recorded over two nights at a venue in San Francisco. There's a stellar cast of musicians on this album. His son Joachim on percussion, Flaco Jimenez on accordion, Robert Francis on bass, and vocalists Terry Evans, Arnold McCuller, and Juliette Commagere. The ten-piece Mexican brass band La Banda Juvenil also guested. He had recorded at the same venue in San Francisco 35 years earlier. On this album there were up to 18 people on stage at one point. He wasn't informed they were recording the concert. Whilst they were driving home to LA later he was informed by his sound engineer of the recording. Although this latest album released in 2018, Prodigal Son is his first solo album.
His plan was to start smoking again at the tender age of 80 years young, having smoked for 50 years. He thought about it a lot...
Miten ~ Temple at Midnight ~ by Phil Cartwright
Billy Hayes is an American writer, actor, and film director. He is best known for his autobiographical book Midnight Express about his experiences in and escape from a Turkish prison after being convicted of smuggling hashish. He was one of hundreds of U.S. citizens in foreign jails serving drug charge sentences following a drug smuggling crackdown by foreign governments.
Brother Phap Hai “There’s nothing to it!” By Phil Cartwright
It’s always a joy and a pleasure to catch up with Snatam Kaur. Especially for this latest album Beloved, which she describes as a “sound medicine tool kit, with each track having a specific healing effect.” I was overjoyed to learn the album was nominated for a Grammy award. Snatam would perform at the Grammy awards to!