TRACK: Bill Callahan – ‘Ry Cooder’: a track for a legend, the penultimate ‘gold’

Bill Callahan, photographed by Hanly Banks Callahan

WE REALLY are that far down the line toward the end of the summer. Bill Callahan has released a track for Monday for nine consecutive weeks now ahead of Gold Record on September 4th, and we really are that close to autumn.

His penultimate single drop comes in the shape of “Ry Cooder”: a meandering and free-associative tribute to the slide guitar godhead. Tentative and playful, “So laidback and exact in his attack of the discipline / Like a cat I wonder what bag he’s next going to get in … he’s a real shapeshifter / Better call him mister.”

It’s loose and squeaky, changes on a tuppence and has a real improvisational feel – but that voice; Bill’s voice. Aah.

Bill Callahan’s Gold Record is out via Drag City on September 4th; pre-order yours here.

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