RY COODER AND DAVID LINDLEY with Joachim Cooder, Terry Evans, Bobby King, Willie Green Benson and Hedges Blues Festival Beacon Theatre, New York City, Oct. 13 1990
1 - intro 2 - Jesus on the Mainline 3 - Crazy bout an Automobile 4 - Vigilante Man 5 - Why Dont You Try Me Tonight 6 - Mercury Blues 7 - 13 Question Method 8 - Oh Death 9 - Teardrops Will Fall 10 - The Very Thing That Makes You Rich 11 - Wooly Bully
From Andy Aledort of Guitar World regarding this show: “The band featured Ry and David on vocals, guitars and other stringed instruments; Rys son Joachim on percussion; and the R&B/soul singers Terry Evans, Bobby King, and Willie Green. I mentioned to David that I attended this show – which was otherworldly – and he said, “Oh man, you saw the one! That was an incredible night. [Bass singer] Willie Green is amazing – with that voice, he’s my favorite bass player!” https://www.guitarworld.com/features/david-lindley-tribute
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New York Times Review:
“…the evenings high point came in the form of an anomaly, a calm yet intense set by the reclusive guitarist Mr. Cooder, backed by the guitarist David Lindley, Mr. Cooders son Joaquin on percussion, and three gospel-trained singers, Willie Green, Terry Evans and Bobby King. Mr. Cooders set obeyed none of the standard blues and rock strictures about involving the crowd; instead, he performed sumptuous pieces that seemed idiomatically correct but werent.
Working through gospel (''Jesus Is on the Main Line''), early rock (Chuck Berry's ''13 Question Method'') and Depression-era songs, he made a case for the malleability of American music. He would take an urban rhythm-and-blues tune and add rural slide guitar, or pack it with dense gospel harmonies. The set, informal and potentially cloying, was proof that vernacular music can be dressed up in all sorts of different ways.”