10 Best Country and Americana Songs of the Week: Wild Feathers, Cassadee Pope and More

Wild Feathers' "Big Sky," Pope's "Take You Home," Tyler Rich's "The Difference" and more songs you need to hear now

Load Previous

Ry Cooder, "The Prodigal Son"

Roots-music hero Ry Cooder tells his own version of the Prodigal Son parable, changing the Bible's original plot to involve a Bakersfield bar, a waitress and the worship-worthy work of steel guitarist Ralph Mooney. "Dim lights, thick smoke and loud, loud music is the only kind of truth I'll ever understand," the son declares at the song's conclusion, while a hotshot band – including his son and co-producer, drummer Joachim Cooder – whips up a storm of raw, roadhouse rock & roll in the background. R.C.

Back to Top