I am a Ry Cooder fan. I can’t help it. He is an old, cantakerous coot, but an amazing musician and storyteller. I bought his latest album/book I Flathead a week or so ago. The book highlights Ry’s sharply honed weirdness, and penchant for the normal, yet absurd. Aliens coming to earth and racing cars, and stories of rough and tumble country musician/hooligan Kash Buck. Then there is the cd, which has songs about “Steel Guitar Heaven,” and a song about Kash Buck’s dog, Spade Cooley. For those not in the know, Spade was the name of a very infamous western swing band leader, who spent time in prison for the brutal murder of his wife. As good as the album is, his “Chicken Skin Music” album is still my fave.
Watch out next month for my interview with Nashville sessioneer/producer Brent Rowan, and be on the lookout the following month for my cover story on Brad Paisley. I leave you with a teaser from the Brad interview.
VG: What is you name?
BP: Brad Paisley
VG: Is this your 1st interview?
BP: No I actually did one last week, I really like them.
VG: What is it about interviews that you like?
BP: I like it that someone is actually asking me questions, instead of me asking questions.
VG: What kind of questions would you ask?
BP: If I was going to do the interview? Hygiene.
That’s hard hitting journalism at its best!