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The Prodigal Son



Released: 11th May 2018



Released: 11th May 2018


cooder sounds completely fresh and contemporary, framing his expressive vocals and graceful, elegant guitar work around songs original and songs of old, further invigorated by his son’s inventive percussive support.

‘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. Aided by his son, drummer and chief collaborator, Joachim Cooder, The Prodigal Son is a deft commentary on our ailing moral state. This is music for these times, a fearless dive into the country’s soul and the man, Ry Cooder. “cooder’s magnificent way with bottleneck on steel is often in evidence, while his son Joachim’s percussion-rich soundscapes with looped and sampled elements help contemporise his dad’s inherently rootsy sound” 4/5 – mojo. 

The Prodigal Son


  1. Straight Street
  2. Shrinking Man
  3. Gentrification
  4. Everybody Ought To Treat a Stranger Right
  5. The Prodigal Son
  6. Nobody's Fault But Mine
  7. You Must Unload
  8. I'll Be Rested When The Roll Is Called
  9. Harbor Of Love
  10. Jesus And Woody
  11. In His Care