MUSIC NEWS - The artistry of Rodriguez; a Detroit-based cult musician who'd written and recorded two obscure albums, Cold Fact (1970) and 1971's Coming From Reality, before fading into the footnotes of underground American music, is being discovered anew thanks to Searching for Sugar Man, a critically-acclaimed documentary film directed by Malik Bendjelloul and the film's soundtrack album, available now from Legacy Recordings/Light In the Attic.
The success of the Searching For Sugar Man film (trailer below) has led to an incredible renaissance for Rodriguez, the subject of a CBS "60 Minutes" segment airing on Sunday, October 7 (check your local listings). The artist, who appeared at this year's Newport Folk Festival, has a 22-date American headline tour in the offing and a Facebook page devoted to his music.
On Friday, September 21, Rodriguez played the Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival in Columbus, Missouri, in a concert featuring Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes as backing ensemble. Rodriguez will embark on a major tour of the United Kingdom, selling more than 8,000 tickets in London already, and Ireland beginning November 16. NPR's popular "World Cafe" will air a Searching For Sugar Man special on October 18, and Sony Pictures will soon announce an early 2013 DVD/BluRay release of the film.