COODER SET TO EMBARK ON FIRST NORTH AMERICAN TOUR IN TEN YEARS THIS JUNE
A masterwork of roots, blues and R&B, Ry Cooder’s first new solo album in six years The Prodigal Son, is out today to wide critical acclaim. Framed by Cooder’s expressive vocals and graceful, elegant guitar work, 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.
Ry Cooder is gearing up to embark on his first North America tour in nearly a decade. Joining him will be drummer, percussionist, and keyboardist, Joachim Cooder; singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Robert Francis; saxophonist, Sam Gendel; and GRAMMY Award-winning vocal trio, The Hamiltones. For full tour routing and ticket information, click here.
Watch extraordinary live performances of “The Prodigal Son” , “Everybody Ought To Treat A Stranger Right” and “Straight Street”. These rare performance clips, along with the mini-documentary “Making The Prodigal Son“ were filmed and directed by videographer Jeff Coffman; with audio engineered and mixed by Martin Pradler.
Here’s what critics are saying about The Prodigal Son:
“The big work Cooder is doing here — using earnest melodies from long ago to speak to the mushrooming crises, internal and external, of the present moment.” –NPR Music
“A confident, and comforting, celebration of American roots music.” –Los Angeles Times
“This long-awaited comeback of sorts is a joyful, intense and occasionally humorous experience.” 4 out of 5 STARS –American Songwriter
“Cooder plays things both side of the wire here; the sentiments may be righteous, but the clanging riffs that Ry and Joachim lay down is from the sinners’ side of the tracks, with all the visceral power of Howling Wolf.” 8 out of 10 –Uncut
“…his righteous anger is leavened with dry humor and wonderfully effervescent grooves.” –Mojo
“Ry Cooder’s long investigation of the permutations of the blues and possibilities of justice comes to rest here in the religious balm which remains inseparable from American music. Though not religious himself, Cooder understands the value of what he terms “reverence”, and the songs which reflect it.” –Independent UK
“The album provides an unflinching look into modern America, and what the state of the country entails for those living within it.” –Guitar World
Get The Prodigal Son: HERE