With Special Guest Alison Rae
It’s been a fast and furious eight years for violin/mandobird/tenor guitar player and vocalist Rodriguez. At a one-off gig at the 2001 South by SouthWest festival, she caught the ear of songwriter Chip Taylor (“Wild Thing,” “Angel of the Morning”), and the two started working together almost immediately. Eight years and 8 records later (4 of them recorded with Taylor), Rodriguez is releasing her first covers album, Love and Circumstance.
Growing up in a musical family in the Austin, TX area (her father David is a noted songwriter, and her great aunt Eva Garza was a popular Latin recording artist in the 1950s), Rodriguez had a wide variety of early musical encounters: touring the Netherlands with her father at age 15, sitting in with Lyle Lovett’s band when he was in town. Her association with Taylor put her on the national scene, and soon she was touring and recording with the likes of Lucinda Williams and Alejandro Escovedo.
Rodriguez brings her arresting voice and unique sound to songs by her father, David Rodriguez, as well as Richard Thompson, Hank Williams, Nick Lowe, and many more. Her sound is due partly to her choice of instruments: violin, tenor guitar (a smaller 4 string guitar similar to a banjo), and mandobird (an electric mandolin that looks more like a guitar).
“The Twin Cities music scene is propped up by an army of young songwriters with old souls… One of the most arresting is Alison Rae, a 28-year-old Shoreview native whose voice and songs come at you with all the power and hype of a falling snowflake.” read Jim Walsh’s great MinnPost article on Alison here
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