Closing up his California trilogy of albums, Ry Cooder finishes his imaginary voyage through mid-20th century California. He roams through the barrios, nightclubs and honkytonks. Along the way he meets a variety of people from all walks of life and even an alien in his spaceship. This journey influences the music he writes/plays.
You don't have to have listened to the other two albums to be able to follow this one as an impressive 104-page novella accompanies it. It tells the wild and funny story of homeless musician Kash Buk and the people he meets along the way.
Putting out a concept album in this day and age takes guts, but Cooder gamble seems to have paid off. He guitar playing is still first rate and the stories in the songs will keep you interested.