I love pretty much everything Ry Cooder has ever done, but I’m particularly fond of the early 20th century folk songs he unearthed and (sometimes) electrified. This is a live video of “How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live,” a Depression-era song first recorded by Blind Alfred Reed. The song is good, and Cooder’s guitar playing is typically stellar. But get a load of that band: Jim Keltner, Van Dyke Parks, Flaco Jimenez, Jorge Calderon and a stage full of top-notch players and singers.
“How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live” by Ry Cooder
Judging by the comments, this 1929 song, performed here in 1987, is still striking a political nerve in 2012.