L.A. guitar institution Ry Cooder is set to release his album "Election Special" Tuesday, a handy, nine-track blues-rock guide to this year's presidential election.
The subject matter? Republican and Democratic leaders, super-PAC funders and even Seamus, the family dog who rode in a carrier atop presidential candidate Mitt Romney's car. Cooder talks up his mission with Pop & Hiss.
What's your goal with this record?
Use your mind and think a little. Put the small screen down. We have to hurry up and be smart.
From the opening track "Mutt Romney's Blues," the listener knows where you stand politically. Is there a concern of preaching to the choir?
I thought I should have a record that says, "This here record is for you during election time." Rather than be vague and poetic, let's just call this what it is. That way I may get people's attention. That's the idea.