The talented American folk musician from Detroit Michigan Jesus Rodríguez is all set to tour again. Rodríguez gained fame through two studio albums released in early 1970s. Watch the 70 year old play his greatest hits live by buying Rodríguez tickets online today. Rodríguez was very successful in South Africa and was even mistakenly rumored to have committed suicide in the country. South Africa played a huge role in the revival of his music career in the 1990s. This story of his appeared in the Academy Award winning documentary film titled ‘Searching for Sugar Man’ which was released in 2012. The film gained him further popularity in his native country.
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His domestic record career started with a band with the release of ‘I’ll Slip Away’. The single which was initially released under Rod Riguez didn’t receive much attention until Rodríguez was signed by Sussex Records. Sussex Records helped promote the single which got Rodríguez the recognition he deserved. He released two studio albums shortly after he signed with Sussex Records. The album ‘Cold Fact’ was released in 1970 and then came ‘Coming from Reality’ which was released in 1971. The albums contained fantastic folk songs but the albums sold only a few copies in the USA. He was working on his third studio album during the time of his contract with Sussex Records but didn’t manage to release it as his contract ended in 1975.
He took a break from music and stayed in Detroit after 1975. Rodríguez was not so popular in North America but was very popular abroad. His work was admired in Botswana, New Zealand, Rhodesia, South Africa and Australia. Blue Goose Music, an Australian record label, bought his back catalogue rights when the copies provided by Sussex Records ran dry in the mid 1970s. Blue Goose released a compilation album titled ‘At His Best’ with his studio albums. ‘At His Best’ featured the previously unreleased songs ‘I’ll Slip Away’ and ‘Can’t Get Away’. Rodríguez toured Australia with Mark Gillespie Band in 1979 and two of the shows were released as a live album titled ‘Alive’. The title places emphasis on Rodríguez being alive, as he was rumored to be dead years ago. He returned to Australia for a tour with Midnight Oil in 1981 after which he returned to living his normal life.
‘At His Best’ was certified platinum in South Africa and helped him get international recognition. Rodríguez was compared to great folk artists like Bob Dylan during that time. Some of the songs of his albums were used in South Africa as anti-Apartheid anthems which made an impact on musicians who opposed the government. Steve Biko, an anti-apartheid activist, is reported to be a fan Rodríguez. His albums were released in South Africa for the first time in 1991. Many people in South Africa believed that Rodríguez had committed suicide in 1970s at one of his concerts. Rodríguez’s fame was unknown to him during all this time, he only found out about it in 1998.
He made his first tour of South Africa and played six concerts to huge crowds. His tour was documented and is now available on CD titled ‘Dead Men Don’t Tour: Rodriguez in South Africa 1998’. SABC TV screened the documentary in 2001. Rodríguez toured Sweden and South Africa in 2001 and 2005 performing his hit songs including ‘Sugar Man’ which is now his signature song. Rodríguez has written nearly 30 new songs for his new album. He is currently in talks with Steve Rowland about the production of his album, as Rowland was the producer of his previous albums as well. He mentioned in the Rolling Stone magazine that he is quite serious about releasing the entire 30 songs as soon as possible. Catch the talented folk artist live on his latest tour. Purchase cheap Rodríguez tickets online and get ready for an exciting time with Rodríguez.
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