I was lucky enough to witness an evening of sublime musicianship from Mr Cooder and his band of merry men. The evening started off with a short set from “number one son Joachim” and his accompanying bass player Sam Gandell. Joachim was playing a strange instrument which I read was an electronic zither – he has a decent voice – very 70s in tone and the gig has made me want to pick up a copy of his album “Fuchsia Machu Picchu”. After a short 15 minute break Ry Cooder wandered on to the stage clutching a mac book and proceeded to wow the sold out audience with songs from pretty much all of his albums including a brilliant version of Woody Guthrie’s “Vigilante Man” including some lines about Trayvon Martin. It’s not enough really to mention the titles of the songs and a review can never do the gig justice but I remember “How can a poor man stand such times and live”, “Down in the boondocks” and a superb version of “Jesus on the mainline” as being wonderful. Several songs featured from the new album “The prodigal son” and, on these he » Continue Reading.