When asked where Terry and McGhee took him musically, Cooder said, “Down the road, away from Santa Monica. Where everything was good. ‘I’ve got to get out of here,’ was all I could think. What are you doing, fourteen, eighteen years old? I was trapped. But that first record, ‘Get On Board,’ the 10ʺ on Folkways, was so wonderful, I could understand guitar playing.” Taj Mahal added, “I started listening to them when I was about 19, and I wanted to go to these coffee houses because I heard these old guys were playing there. I knew there was a river out there somewhere that I could dip into, and once I was in, I would be fine. They brought the whole package for me.”
Eleven pieces from the catalog of Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee have selected and reinterpreted for them “Get On Board”. Taj Mahal (vocals, harmonica, guitar, piano) and Ry Cooder (vocals, guitar, mandolin, banjo) are supported by Ry’s son Joachim Cooder (drums, bass).