Spring/Summer Tour Will Support the Renowned Musician, Producer and Songwriter’s First Solo Release in Six Years

The Prodigal Son, Ry Cooder’s first new solo release in six years, is set for release by Fantasy Records on May 11th, 2018.  Listen to the lead track, “Shrinking Man” here + pre-order The Prodigal Son here.

Recorded in Hollywood, CA, and produced by Ry and his chief collaborator, drummer Joachim Cooder, The Prodigal Son is all America – our spiritual, hopeful voices, our raw cries and our sly provocations, voiced through the songs of the Pilgrim Travelers, The Stanley Brothers, Blind Willie Johnson, and Ry Cooder himself.

The album’s 11 tracks, including three Cooder originals and a carefully selected collection of his favourite spirituals of the last century, share a particular resonance in this time and place, forming an unflinching look at the state of play in modern America. “I do connect the political/economic dimensions with the inner life of people, since people are at risk and oppressed on all sides in our world today,” he stated. “There’s some kind of reverence mood that takes hold when you play and sing these songs. ‘Reverence’ is a word I heard my granddaughter’s nursery school teacher use, a Kashmiri woman. She said, ‘We don’t want to teach religion, but instill reverence.’ I thought that was a good word for the feeling of this music.”

For nearly 50 years, the immense scope and influence of Ry Cooder’s music has been felt as much, or more than heard.  As master musician, producer, songwriter and sage, the Santa Monica, California native has explored music and culture from across the city, the state, the country and around the world.  Framed by his expressive vocals and elegant guitar work, this is music for these times.  A deft commentary on our ailing moral state, The Prodigal Son is a fearless dive into the country’s soul, and the man, Ry Cooder.

Cooder will bring The Prodigal Son Tour to venues throughout North America this spring and summer, his first full tour since 2009.  Confirmed tour dates are below with more to be added soon.  For ticket information, please visit: RyCooder.com

The Prodigal Son Track List:

  1. straight street (James W. Alexander / Jesse Whitaker)
  2. shrinking man (Ry Cooder)
  3. gentrification (Ry Cooder / Joachim Cooder)
  4. everybody ought to treat a stranger right (Traditional; Blind Willie Johnson, Arr. by Ry Cooder)
  5. the prodigal son (Traditional: Arranged by Ry Cooder /Joachim Cooder)
  6. nobody’s fault but mine (Blind Willie Johnson / Arranged Ry Cooder / Joachim Cooder)
  7. you must unload (Alfred Reed)
  8. i’ll be rested when the roll is called (Blind Roosevelt Graves)
  9. harbor of love (Carter Stanley)
  10. Jesus and woody (Ry Cooder)
  11. in his care (William L. Dawson)

Ry Cooder – Tour Dates:

June 3 – Alexandria, VA – Birchmere
June 4 – Alexandria, VA – Birchmere
June 6 – Ridgefield, CT – Ridgefield Playhouse
June 7 – Boston, MA – Wilbur Theatre
June 8 – New York, NY – Town Hall Theatre
June 9 – Derry, NH – Tupelo
June 26 – Toronto, ONT – Massey Hall
June 27 – Ottawa, ONT – Centerpoint
June 29 – Montréal, QE – Jazz Festival @ Maisonneuve
June 30 – Burlington, VT – Flynn Theater
July 1 – Lenox, MA – Tanglewood
July 3 – Philadelphia, PA – Mann Center
July 14 – Courtenay, BC – Vancouver Island MusicFest
July 17 – Portland, OR – Revolution Hall
July 20 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
July 21 – Napa, CA – Uptown Theatre

2018 Publicity Photo. Credit Joachim Cooder

Website   Facebook   Instagram    Fantasy Records


Leave a Reply