Had been so excited to see Rodriguez at the Masonic. The show sold out with no advertising! Having friends at the Masonic allowed me to sit in on Rodriguez's sound check..We didn't even know if he would actually be there...but he was! We love his music and are huge fans.
Rodriguez's most famous LP Cold Fact was Co-produced by Motown guitar god Dennis Coffey & Mike Theodore and featured members of legendary Motown players The Funk Brothers.
I do however want to shine a BIG SPOT LIGHT on the producers from Detroit that found Rodriguez and crafted the masterpiece LP "Cold Fact". I spent a bit of time speaking with the charming Mr. Coffey just the other day and he told me the back story of how he and co-producer Mike Theodore heard about this mysterious urban "Bob Dylan" and set out to go see him play live.
They found him playing at The Sewer bar off Jefferson by the Detroit River. They could barely find him in the smoky room. Rodriguez was so shy that he was playing guitar and singing with his back to the audience!
In the studio Rodriguez was still so shy that they recorded him by himself first and then mixed the other players into the songs after he left! Rodriguez didn't have enough songs so Dennis and Mike wrote "Hate Street Dialogue" and "Gommorah."
Dennis Coffey and Mike Theodore have a staggering discography. Dennis is on Psychedelic Shack, Ball of Confusion, and numerous major Motown hits not to mention HIS huge hit with SCORPIO..
Cold Fact is Rodriguez's best album-- thanks to amazing arrangements and production by Motown guitar God Dennis Coffey and Mike Theodore, both of whom give the album a stoned-out feel that sets it up nicely with other work on the Sussex label at the time.
**Special thanks to Karen (for rescuing my cameras!) Paul, and Steve**