Jacques Stotzem Plays Ry Cooder

By Miche Archetto:

In 1984 Ry Cooder wrote the soundtrack of Wim Wenders’ movie “Paris, Texas“, which is also the title of this song, in my opinion a masterpiece of slide guitar. Ry Cooder’s version is played by two guitars, but here Belgian player Jacques Stotzem plays his arrangement on his dobro in DADF#AD tuning.


“In the acoustic guitar world today, Jacques Stotzem is one of the « fingerstyle » guitarists with the most diversified style. Born in 1959 in Verviers, the Belgian guitarist has recorded 12 CDs and is high up on the list for fans of the acoustic guitar. Readers of the influential German acoustic guitar magazine «Akustik Gitarre» have likened Stotzem to artists such as Leo Kottke, Paco De Lucia, Neil Young and Keb’ Mo’.

That’s not really astonishing. His unique and highly refined playing style combines a well-developed melodic sense with a rare dynamic approach to the instrument that speaks directly to the listener. Jacques, unlike many guitar players today, possesses an in-depth sense of harmonic knowledge, which is evident throughout his compositions. All of this is cemented together by his perfect command of the instrument and by his optimistic personality.” More on his website.


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