Renowned American multi-instrumentalist Ry Cooder has pursued a brilliantly eclectic career since the ’60s. A highly sought studio player, he recorded with the Rolling Stones, among others, in addition to releasing his own solo albums during the ’70s. In the ’80s, he also began writing film music—including the memorable soundtrack to Paris, Texas (1984). With his insatiable appetite for all rootsy, regional American forms (blues, folk, Tex-Mex, etc.) and his passion for cultural fusions of all genres, Cooder produced the massive smash Buena Vista Social Club (1997), assembling three generations of Cuban musicians. His recent discography includes San Patricio (2006), a collaboration with Irish legends The Chieftains.