Whoa! I just got gobsmacked by my inbox, as word came along from the fine folks at the Ryman that noted mystery-ensconced folk singer (and subject of the Oscar-winning documentary Searching for Sugar Man) Rodriguez will play the Mother Church on May 13. For those unfamiliar with Rodriguez (and there seem to be fewer and fewer people who are unfamiliar with Rodriguez these days), here's what I had to say about Sugar Man when we first announced that the documentary would be showing at The Belcourt:
For audiophiles and vinyl fetishists, fans of psychedelic philoso-folk and '60s-born counter-culturism or, really, even just folks who appreciate a very interesting true story, the name Sixto Diaz Rodriguez is a familiar one. Here in the States, the Detroit-born Rodriguez toiled in anonymity during his short-lived career, leaving music after just two full-length releases — 1970's Cold Fact and 1971's Coming From Reality — under the assumption that his music had made (or would make) little impact on the world. What Rodriguez didn't know, however, was that his records would go on to reach massive audiences in Australia, New Zealand, Zimbabwe and South Africa — his At His Best compilation went platinum in the latter, his protest songs becoming anthems of the struggle against Apartheid. And all the while, the singer lived on in the U.S., unaware of his cult status.
Tickets, which will run you between $30 and $35, go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 15, via this link.