Birth name: Ryland Peter Cooder
Born: March 15, 1947
Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres: Americana, roots rock, folk, blues, Tex-Mex, country, gospel, world music
Instruments: Guitar, mandolin, vocals, array mbira
Years active: 1967–present
Labels: Warner Bros., Nonesuch/Elektra
Associated acts: Taj Mahal, Captain Beefheart, Buena Vista Social Club, Ali Farka Toure
Ryland Peter “Ry” Cooder (born March 15, 1947) is an American guitarist, singer and composer. He is known for his slide guitar work, his interest in roots music from the United States, and, more recently, his collaborations with traditional musicians from many countries.
Ry Cooder grew up in Santa Monica, California and attended Santa Monica High School.
His solo work has been eclectic, encompassing folk, blues, Tex-Mex, soul, gospel, rock, and much else. He has collaborated with many musicians, including Larry Blackmon, The Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Randy Newman, Earl Hines, Little Feat, Captain Beefheart, The Chieftains, John Lee Hooker, Pops and Mavis Staples, Flaco Jiménez, Ibrahim Ferrer, Freddy Fender, Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and Ali Farka Touré. He formed the band Little Village with Nick Lowe, John Hiatt, and Jim Keltner.
Ry Cooder produced the Buena Vista Social Club album (1997), which became a worldwide hit. Wim Wenders directed the documentary film of the same name (1999), which was nominated for an Academy Award in 2000.
He was ranked eighth on Rolling Stone magazine’s 2003 list of “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”. A 2010 ranking by Gibson placed him at number 32. more at Wikipedia…