Here’s a weird cat. As far as I can tell, Rodriguez has only released two albums in his career, spanning nearly forty years. He was also, apparently, thought to be dead not too long ago. Having listened through Cold Fact, I think his style of folk rock is actually quite a bit more accessible than Bob Dylan but, uh, it’s still folk rock and I’ve never been particularly engaged by it.
I could very reasonably see this set going down a lot like Steve Earle in 2007: a one-man acoustic show which will have hardcore fans melting and casual listeners nervously bobbing their heads, afraid to criticize the man’s legacy. He’ll also probably rant about the government or something which, obviously, the crowd will love.
THE VERDICT: Strikingly indifferent.