TAJ MAHAL & RY COODER – ” Get On Board: The Songs of Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee “

Posted: January 27, 2022 in MUSIC

Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder have announced their new collaborative album, “Get On Board: The Songs of Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee“. The new LP, which is set for release on April 22nd, is the duo’s first collaboration in more than a half-century.

To celebrate the announcement, the two musicians have released a new live video for the song, “Hooray Hooray,” which fans can watch below. “They were so solid. They meant what they said, they did what they did … here’s two guys, a guitar player, and a harmonica player, and they could make it sound like a whole orchestra,” Mahal said in a statement about his connection with Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee.

Added Cooder, “It was perfect. What else can you say?”

The forthcoming 11-song album features Mahal on vocals, harmonica, guitar, and piano, as well as Cooder on vocals, guitar, mandolin, and banjo. And Joachim Cooder is on drums and bass.

The songs for the LP are drawn from recordings and live performances by Terry and McGhee, who Mahal and Cooder first heard as teenagers. “Down the road, away from Santa Monica. Where everything was good ‘I have got to get out of here,’ was all I could think,” Cooder added. “What do you do, fourteen, eighteen years old? I was trapped. But that first record, “Get on Board“, the 10” on Folkways, was so wonderful, I could understand the guitar playing.”

“I started hearing them when I was about nineteen, and I wanted to go to these coffee houses, ‘cause I heard that these old guys were playing,” said Mahal. “I knew that there was a river out there somewhere that I could get into, and once I got in it, I’d be all right. They brought the whole package for me.”

Longtime friends and collaborators (and Piedmont blues masters!) Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder have collaborated on this new studio set called “Get On Board”, a wonderful tribute to the equally iconic duo of Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee. If you have ten minutes, Nonesuch Records have released a video with Taj and Ry in conversation about the project with writer Lynell George. Watch that, here.

Mahal and Cooder originally joined forces in 1965, forming The Rising Sons when Cooder was just seventeen. The band was signed to Columbia Records but an album was not released and the group disbanded a year later. The 1960s recording sessions, widely bootlegged, were finally issued officially in 1992.

This new LP is the duo’s first recording since then. Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder perform “Hooray Hooray” from their upcoming album, ‘Get On Board‘ with Joachim Cooder, out April 22nd on Nonesuch Records.

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