Modern Roots Americana
Carrie Rodriguez is one of the most acclaimed Americana singer-songwriters to emerge in recent years. From her early work at the Berklee College of Music and her acclaimed duo records with Chip Taylor to her guest work with artists like John Mayer and Jeff Bridges, Carrie is a rising star in the Americana world.
Rodriguez is renowned as a violinist, not only accompanying songwriting luminaries such as Lucinda Williams and John Prine, but also touring internationally with esteemed guitarist/composer Bill Frisell, who calls on her to play everything from surf rock to adventurous composed music to spontaneously improvisational jazz. A native of Austin, Texas, Rodriguez is often pegged as a country singer, yet she also sings in fluent Spanish, and is currently working on an album featuring classic Ranchera songs from the Mexican songbook.
Most recently Carrie has been perfecting the art of the duo with her musical partner, Luke Jacobs, an unexpected and stimulating match for her artistic leanings. Jacobs, a multi-instrumentalist/singer-songwriter who hails from the north woods of Minnesota, adds a compelling Garrison Keillor-esque element to their live show – spinning tales that have both captivated and cracked up audiences on both sides of the pond throughout their constant touring. His cool, understated delivery is a striking contrast to Carrie’s earnest passion, and their chemistry is undeniable.
In January of 2014, Rodriguez and Jacobs released Live at the Cactus – a testament to the intimacy, playfulness and depth of emotion that audiences have been celebrating since the duo began their collaboration. They are currently finishing up the recording of Jacobs’ debut album, which is being produced by Carrie and will be released in early 2015.
Their duo show has been described as “lushly cinematic” by The Washington Post who also noted that “…the pair made a virtue of necessity.” The London Times said, “both performers engaged the audience with their personalities as well as their music . . . as they progressed on a richly rewarding journey.”
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“”Fiddle” and “deadly” don’t usually appear in the same sentence together – unless you’re talking about Carrie Rodriguez. –Denver Post
“…multi-instrumentalist Carrie Rodriguez fills any room simply with her smile and lack of pretense.” -Jambase.com
“a fiddler with contest-killing chops… she modernizes country on her own terms” -St. Louis Riverside Times