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Ry Cooder talks reviving classic country music, the evolution of songwriting and more

Left to right: Ricky Skaggs, Sharon White and Ry Cooder.

Left to right: Ricky Skaggs, Sharon White and Ry Cooder.



At 69, Ry Cooder is out on the road with mandolinist Ricky Skaggs and singer Sharon White, performing a night of country, folk and bluegrass numbers from the 1960s and earlier.

When they hit Tampa's David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, they'll dive deep into the history of American roots music — Hank Williams, Bill Monroe, the Louvin Brothers, the Delmore Brothers — and try to recapture for a modern audience exactly what makes it so magical.

"That's hit music of the time," he says. "The Delmore Brothers is hit music — very, very popular — and it still retains that rural flavor and simplicity. I always think of it as family music, really, because families sang it. They could sing it. You didn't have to be a genius."

Cooder, Skaggs and White perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Straz Center. Tickets are $45 and up. Click here for details.

For more of our interview with Ry Cooder, click here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, March 30, 2016 3:52pm]


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