Get On Board – Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder

Get On Board: The Songs of Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee is the new album by Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder (released on April 22, 2022). It’s not a major work but it’s very relaxed and low-key. It sounds like music someone could make on your porch or in your backyard. I’m a big admirer of both artists and encourage you to explore their solo work. For Cooder, I suggest starting with Into The Purple Valley (1972). For Mahal, I recommend Dancing the Blues (1993). Like Get on Board, both albums revive songs that are not well known today. Cooder finds Depression obscurities like “Taxes on the Farmer Feeds Us All” and “How Can You Keep On Moving (Unless You Migrate Too)”. Mahal covers songs by T-Bone Walker and Fats Domino, both huge stars in their day but not popular now.

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