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* Brand new album “Live At The Cactus” released in 2014
* “Give Me All You
Got” released in UK February 2013. Reached No1 on the Americana Chart
* Two albums released in UK September 2011. “Love & Circumstance” coupled with “We Still Love Our Country” a duet album with Ben Kyle (of Romantica).
* “We Still Love Our Country” #1 for 4 weeks on US Roots airplay chart and “If I Needed You" her cover of the Townes Van Zandt classic reached #1 on the Folk airplay chart.
* “Love & Circumstance” #2 on the US Folk chart, #3 on the US Americana chart.
* “Love & Circumstance” produced by Lee Townsend and features Bill Frisell, Greg Leisz, Buddy Miller
* 7th major tour of the UK.
* Regular touring partner of Chip ‘Wild Thing’ Taylor with whom she has recorded 4 albums, Lucinda Williams and Alejandro Escovedo.
“Carrie Rodriguez is a singer-songwriter and fiddle player of great accomplishment and tastefulness. Good songs, lovely arrangements”. The Independent 2013
“A well-rounded triumph” Uncut 2013
“Sad, happy, tragic &
triumphant, just like country music should be.” Q Magazine 2013
“She successfully turns into a highly accomplished writer & singer. Classy Recording.” Froots 2013
"An unclassifiable musician who, in less than 10 years, has packed more change into her career than someone twice her age - and there's only one appropriate response: It ain't over." The Washington Times
"She's a wonderful artist, very creative. She plays beautifully, she sings beautifully, and she's a real nice person." Alejandro Escovedo
"Hailed by Lucinda Williams, recruited by Alejandro Escovedo, and nurtured by Lyle Lovett, singer-songwriter Carrie Rodriguez has rapidly emerged as one of the most compelling new voices on the roots-rock scene.” Boston Globe
"It must be said that Carrie Rodriguez is strikingly beautiful. With a voice like that, she pretty much has to be a singer. But she has the looks to be a model or actress. She had a large white flower in her curly hair, and a pink blouse and black shirt ensemble that could have been plucked from the 1920's. But it still would have been a stunning performance even if she'd been dressed in a burlap sack with a paper bag over her head." Mounatin Stage Festival promoter
"I have to say I am very impressed. She's got something unique in her voice that's very subtle and a little smoky and sweet. She's got a refreshingly spunky attitude to go along with it. I detect a certain wisdom in her, and yet a sense of wonder as well." Lucinda Williams / New York Times
"An individualistic piece of Texicana that's a convincing pitch for solo stardom" The Observer of ‘Seven Angels on a Bicycle’
Love and family have always been sources of inspiration for critically acclaimed singer/songwriter/musician Carrie Rodriguez, but never have they featured so prominently than on her brand new release Love & Circumstance, a covers album that includes songs written by her father, and once performed by her great aunt.
Rodriguez' journey from teenage violin student to touring the world with the likes of Chip Taylor (famed songwriter of "Wild Thing), Lucinda Williams and Alejandro Escovedo, has resulted in a prodigious output of recordings - eight albums in as many years - for the young musician; with the new album, Carrie relies on others to handle the songwriting duties, she provides the interpretations.
"In 2009, after a very busy few years, I felt like I should take a step back and assess the situation," she says, during a quick stop between tours. "The idea of doing a covers record had been developing for a while, and had been prompted by requests I get at every show for a recording of some of the covers I play live, especially 'La Punalada Trapera.' I stated to wonder what kind of album I could make that would be a fit for that song."
Besides the contributions from her immediate family, Love & Circumstance, includes compositions from her extended musical family and friends, including John Hiatt/Nick Lowe/Ry Cooder/Jim Keltner (aka Little Village), Buddy Miller & Julie Miller, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Richard Thompson, Townes Van Zandt, M. Ward, Merle Haggard & Bonnie Owens, Hank Williams, and Lucinda Williams.
"It was very important for me to go back to my roots with this record and concentrate on what was important to me," Rodriguez explains, "songwriters like Richard Thompson, Townes, Hank, they're the ones who initially inspired me." And Rodriguez' inspirations are being admired, with Thompson exclaiming "It is always a thrill to write a song and have someone else take it to unexpected places. Thank you (Carrie) for the heartfelt and impassioned performance."
Rodriguez' professional career was launched in 2001 after a show at South By Southwest introduced her to Taylor, with whom she has recorded four full albums and an EP. Her musical development started much earlier, however, and at the hands of an equally seasoned songwriting veteran, her father David Rodriquez. "My dad gave me a Leonard Cohen record for my ninth birthday! I hated it. But of course I rediscovered it at thirteen and loved it." By fifteen Rodriguez and her dad were touring the Netherlands together; chops were being honed.
Rodriguez' maternal side of the family also influenced her musical upbringing. Not only was her mother a fanatical opera enthusiast, her great-aunt, Eva Garza, was a popular Latin recording artist in the 50's, and it was from Garza that Rodriguez first heard 'La Punalada Trapera,' which soon became a mainstay in her live set. Having family friends include Lyle Lovett, who invited Rodriguez to sit in with his band when she was at college, also helped her develop as a performer.
The list of bold faced names that have come into Rodriguez' orbit over the years also includes Lee Townsend, the famed producer, who collaborated with Carrie on the selection of songs for the album, and ultimately produced the project at her new label's (Ninth Street Opus) studios in Berkeley and at the renowned Fantasy Studios.
As might be expected from her and Townsend's A-list connections, the list of players on Love & Circumstance includes a sterling roster of music greats including Bill Frisell (guitars), Greg Leisz (pedal steel & slide guitars), Aoife O'Donovan (background vocals), and Buddy Miller (background vocals).
"Greg Leisz is the greatest pedal steel player in the world, and for someone with a Bill Frisell record collection getting to play with him is a dream," gushes Rodriguez, reminding us that despite a decade and a half in the trenches she's still a young (31) and impassioned music fan.
Those who have been following Carrie Rodriguez throughout her career will find Love & Circumstance an exciting addition to her oeuvre, new fans will get a glimpse of the rising star's influences; both will revel in the sterling musicianship and heartfelt interpretations of new and classic songs.
"This is a really important record for me,' says Rodriguez, 'not just because it gave me the chance to go back to my roots, but also because it celebrates my family."
Give Me All You Got – was released on 9th Street Opus in February 2013 and was immediately acclaimed as her finest work to date. Uncut called it “a triumph”.
It now gives us great pleasure to announce the release of Rodriguez & Jacobs 'Live at The Cactus'. After journeying 14,000 miles in a rental car from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific and everything in between,the decision was made to bring their show back home to the “live music capital of the world” and document it. This latest album is a polaroid of two players, their chemistry, and the energy of a packed roomon a June night in Austin, TX.
And for those who need a more intimate experience with Carrie Rodriguez, you'll find her where she started, live and on the road.
Live At The Cactus (2014)
Give Me All You Got (2013)
We Still Love Our Country: Carrie Rodriguez and Ben Kyle (2011)
Love and Circumstance (2011)
The New Bye & Bye: Chip Taylor and Carrie Rodriguez (2010)
Live in Louisville (2009)
She Ain't Me (2008)
Seven Angels On A Bicycle (2006)
UK Tour dates