Ry Cooder & David Lindley – The Family Tour (1995)

FrontCover1Ryland Peter “Ry” Cooder (born March 15, 1947) is an American musician, songwriter, film score composer, record producer, and writer. He is a multi-instrumentalist but is best known for his slide guitar work, his interest in traditional music, and his collaborations with traditional musicians from many countries.

Cooder’s solo work draws upon many genres. He has played with John Lee Hooker, Captain Beefheart, Taj Mahal, Gordon Lightfoot, Ali Farka Touré, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, Neil Young, Randy Newman, Linda Ronstadt, Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, David Lindley, The Chieftains, The Doobie Brothers, and Carla Olson and The Textones (on record and film). He formed the band Little Village, and produced the album Buena Vista Social Club (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.

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Cooder was ranked at No. 8 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 2003 list of “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”, while a 2010 list by Gibson Guitar Corporation placed him at No. 32. In 2011, he published a collection of short stories called Los Angeles Stories. (wikipedia)

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David Perry Lindley (born March 21, 1944) is an American musician who founded the band El Rayo-X, and has worked with many other performers including Jackson Browne, Ry Cooder, Bonnie Raitt, Warren Zevon, Curtis Mayfield and Dolly Parton. He has mastered such a wide variety of instruments that Acoustic Guitar magazine referred to Lindley not as a multi-instrumentalist, but instead as a “maxi-instrumentalist.”


The majority of the instruments that Lindley plays are string instruments, including the acoustic and electric guitar, upright and electric bass, banjo, lap steel guitar, mandolin, hardingfele, bouzouki, cittern, bağlama, gumbus, charango, cümbüş, oud, and zither.

Lindley was a founding member of the 1960s band Kaleidoscope, and has worked as musical director for several touring artists. In addition, he has occasionally scored and composed music for film.


And here´s a delightful broadcast recording from Cooder & Lindley when Ry Cooder & David Lindley went out on a short tour across Europe, Cooder s last solo-album had been 1987 s Get Rhythm. He had, however been spending time working alongside a number of fellow musicians during this period, such as Malain guitarist, Ali Farka Touré, Hindi slide and classical guitarist, Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and, most successfully, with John Hiatt, Nick Lowe and Jim Keltner, as a member of Little Village. David Lindley, as was his want, had also been collaborating with others, most recently with Warren Zevon, on Zevon s ninth record Mutineer. But in the early summer of 95, both these master musicians decided to keep it in the family , and indeed set out for a jaunt with Cooder s son, drummer, percussionist and keyboard player Joaquim in tow, and with Lindley s daughter, vocalist Roseanne, on what came to be known as The Family Tour.


The entourage performed in the UK, the Netherlands, France, Italy et al, and on 6th July they played in Vienna at the prestigious State Opera House, for a concert that was recorded and broadcast both locally and back home in the US. Playing a superb and eclectic set, with all members of the line-up taking turns to front this delightful combo, (revolutionbeats.com)


You would have thought this was recorded yesterday the sound is so good and the combination of Ry Cooder and David Lindley with David’s daughter singing some numbers and Ry’s son on percussion quite a family affair works so well. Anything with Lindley in is well worth it he only plays with the best and 140 mins of happy music in times of Coronavirus you may be cheered up (Jim Sproull)

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A real treat unearthed from the vaults. What a wonderful live performance of two excellent guitarists, featuring their fine slide work in particular and the soulful bluesy vocal of Roseanne Lindley. Good variety, including a traditional Irish tune and one from Madagascar but also some of the slow mournful stuff such as the theme from Paris Texas and Vigilante Man which doesn’t quite fit in with the rest of the great up-tempo material embracing reggae rhythms, old r n b, gospel, blues, soul and rock.
The highest quality pin-sharp recording in the Vienna Opera house.(Mal)

Cooder & Lindley, assisted by their offspring, tackle a wide ranging collection of song styles , working hard to involve a rather stolid & reserved audience in this Viennese palace of culture. Maybe something got lost in translation. Pristine recording, virtuoso performances as one would expect from this lineup. (Doris H.)

 Recorded live at Opera House, Vienna /Austria, 06. July 1995
(excellent broadcast recording)


Joachim Cooder (drums, percussion)
Ry Cooder (guitar, vocals, accordion, bouzouki, tambora, mandolin)
David Lindley (guitar, vocals, bajo sexto, bouzouki, tambora)
Rosanne Lindley (vocals, guitar)

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CD 1:
01. Intro 1.23
02. Promised Land (Lindley) 6.38
03. Jesus On The Mainline (Traditional) 6.15
04. Mercury Blues (Douglas) 7.57
05. Afindafrindrao (Madagascar) (Traditional) 5.28
06. Si Beg Si Mhor (O`Carolan) 2.54
07. Paris Texas (Cooder)  / Vigilante Man (Guthrie) 10.32
08. All Shook Up (Blackwell/Presley) 6.01
09. That’s The Way The Girls Are From Texas (Chambers/Holiday/Lewis) 6.05
10. How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live (Reed) 7.11
11. Leave Home Blues (Lindley) 4.07

CD 2:
01. I´m A Lonesome Fugitive (Haggard) 3.57
02. Me And My Chauffeur (Memphis Minnie) 4.03
03. Ain´t No Way Baby (Lindley) 4.55
04. Break Up Your Happy Home (Matthews/Jackson Jr.) 4.38
05. Little Sister (Shuman/Pomus) 3.41
06. Play It All Night Long (Zevon) 6.43
07. If Walls Could Talk (Miller) /Smell (Davis) / 5-10-15 (Boyd/Powell) 8.32
06. Hold That Snake (Cooder) 6.27
07. Talk To The Lawyer (Lindley) 5.32
08. Good Night Irene (Ledbetter) 9.11
09. The Very Thing That Makes You Rich (Bailey) 5.55
10. Do You Want My Job (CooderHiatt/Keltner/Lowe) 6.21



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