Ryland Peter "Ry" Cooder is known for his slide guitar work, his interest in roots music from the United States, and, more recently, his collaborations with traditional musicians from many countries. His 1979 album 'Bop Till You Drop' was the first popular music album to be recorded digitally. It yielded his biggest hit, a cover version of Elvis Presley's 1960s recording "Little Sister". He was ranked eighth on Rolling Stone magazine's 2003 list of "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".
Ry Cooder plays The Very Thing That Makes You Rich (Makes Me Poor) frequently during his live shows. It's from his pop-centred album Bob Till You Drop. The song was written by Sidney Bailey, a Memphis taxi driver whose work was brought to Cooder by musician and band member Jim Dickinson.
"All I know about bottleneck is, what you really want to do is get you one, but get the right weight. People use 'em too light and I don't see why they do that. But they do, and you don't get any tone that way." -- Ry Cooder @dmvc
Buena Vista Social Club at the o2 - April 2016 - There they were on a giant screen, in death larger than life: impish crooner Ibrahim Ferrer, double-bassist Cachaito López, pianist Rubén González, whose playing style Ry Cooder likened to “a cross between Thelonius Monk and Felix the Cat”. The show included original band members: Omara Portuondo, Papi Oviedo, Barbarito Torres, Eliades Ochoa and Manuel "Guajiro" Mirabal