“Just climb up on my music and my songs will set you free…” – Rodriguez Climb Up On My Music
One of the most fascinating and talented musicians around today, a Bluesfest favourite, and an incredible story – Rodriguez is back in a big way. For those who have missed the extraordinary music and story that surrounds him, let us tell you about the ‘Mystery Man’.
A philosopher by education, Rodriguez was signed to a contract in the late 1960s after producers with ties to Motown Records saw him playing in a smoky Detroit nightclub called The Sewer. He then made a pair of albums that sold almost nothing, toured a little and then dropped out of sight.
Still largely unknown in the US and Europe, Sixto Rodriguez has been described by many as ‘The greatest ‘70’s US rock icon who never was. Both albums Cold Fact & Coming from Reality are filled to the brim with carefully crafted tales including; “Sugar Man”, “Crucify Your Mind” & “I wonder” just to name a few; Songs with anti-establishment lyrics that struck a chord in Apartheid South Africa (where he was deemed bigger than the Stones or Elvis), as well as here in Australia & New Zealand.