Hear Ry Cooder’s ‘Shrinking Man,’ from His Upcoming Album ‘The Prodigal Son’ Out May 11

Hear Ry Cooder’s ‘Shrinking Man,’ from His Upcoming Album ‘The Prodigal Son’ Out May 11

It’s been a while since Ry Cooder released a new album, but that’ll end on May 11. The Prodigal Son will be Cooder’s first new record since 2012  and will include three new original songs by Cooder, as well as a selection of covers of some of the revered singer/songwriter’s favorite spiritual songs.

“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,” explained Cooder in a statement. “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.”

Here’s “Shrinking Man,” one of the original songs included on the album:

And the track listing:

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)

Catch Cooder on the road at the following dates on what will be his first full tour since 2009:

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



One Response to "Hear Ry Cooder’s ‘Shrinking Man,’ from His Upcoming Album ‘The Prodigal Son’ Out May 11"

  1. Edh Stanley   March 2, 2018 at 11:30 pm

    Will his tour stop in Sacramento, after Napa?


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