Belated second chance tour for recording artist and songwriter Sixto Rodriguez, who is touring on his re-issue of the Cold Fact album from 1970.
Rodriguez, who opened the previous night in Chicago at the sold-out Metro for Animal Collective, made a stop at Huckleberry's Pizza & Calzone joint in downtown Rock Island, IL as a guest of the Daytrotter.com project - Friday, January 23, 2009.
Sixty plus people turned out in Rock Island, IL to hear the Detroit native knock out a moody, rich set, rough around the edges and solid gold in the center. His band mates seem like worn shoes and could be observed riffing off each other in songs within the songs.
Jeff Ignatius writes of Rodriquez in the River Cities' Reader:
On record, Rodriguez has an assured, slightly too-knowing voice, pleading to a drug dealer - "Won't you bring back all those colors to my dreams" - over a wistful, wheezing musical backdrop that gives way to agitation. The song is "Sugar Man" (available for free download at LightInTheAttic.net/releases/rodriguez/sugar_man.mp3), from the album Cold Fact, and based on them, one gets an image of a street-wise documenter of the dark sides of urban society: "The ladies on my street / Aren't there for their health."
On the phone, though, he's soft-spoken, apologizing that he needs to have questions repeated because of his phone and his hearing.
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