Photo: Hanly Banks Callahan

Bill Callahan pays tribute to a friend and mentor on “Ry Cooder”

It’s the penultimate week of Bill Callahan season, with him releasing the ninth track of 10 that will make up his new album Gold Record. This week it’s a track called “Ry Cooder”, which is about the legendary guitarist.

While most of the songs from Gold Record so far have found Callahan taking up a role, this time he is undoubtedly himself, and paying tribute to the great guitarist Ry Cooder. He praises Cooder’s approach to the discipline and his ease with a guitar. Then he invites listeners to imagine Cooder laying down a sweet guitar solo in the middle of “Ry Cooder”, which is a fun and charming little moment.

Bill Callahan will be releasing a new song from his upcoming album Gold Record every Monday until its release on September 4. You can follow him on Twitter and Bandcamp.