Ry Cooder and his band
From the Promoter
Few musical artists of the past half century have introduced us to so many great songs, from so many rich musical traditions as has Ry Cooder. Whether they are choice nuggets from the early American blues catalogue, or gems from the birthing years of Rock & Roll or Rhythm & Blues; or Tex-Mex classics, African Blues or pre-Castro Cuban Music (Buena Vista Social Club), Ry Cooder has provided us with the most heartfelt and virtuosic of performances.
While many got to see Ry Cooder perform in the late 70’s and early 80’s, it has been a rare occurrence to see him since that time. His 1981 shows at U of T’s Convocation Hall were voted the best concerts of that year by all three of the Toronto Star, the Globe & Mail and the Toronto Sun. This is the only time that all three papers would ever agree on the same “Best Show of the Year”, in their Year-End Summations of those years.
Though he performed at Massey Hall with Little Village in the early 90’s and in 2016 with Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White, he has not brought us an evening of essential Ry Cooder music for over 30 years. Fortunately, that era will come to an end on June 26 when Ry Cooder and his new Band return to Massey Hall to celebrate much of his greatest musical work plus songs from his much anticipated new recording “the Prodigal Son”, which comes out in early May 2018.