Carrie Rodriguez Band
Saturday December 6th at Arden Gild Hall, 8 PM, $18
Pigeonhole Carrie Rodriguez at your peril. Sure, she's done a lot of duets. She plays a fiddle, (a mean one at that.) She's recorded songs with a pleasing, folksy twang. And she numbers Lucinda Williams and Alejandro Escovedo among her biggest fans.
But don't think you know what you're getting. Not yet 30, and with a critically-acclaimed solo record and several well-received duet records in her wake, the classically trained singer/songwriter has just begun flexing her artistic muscles, still figuring out how far her talents will take her. If you're looking for someone playing it safe and sticking to tried-and-true ways of music making, as the title of Rodriguez's daring new album aptly states, SHE AIN'T ME.
Long before Carrie Rodriguez was a fiddle-toting, mandoguitar-slinging Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter, she was a junior violin student in Austin, Texas, absorbing the influences of an opera-obsessed mom and folk-singing dad
While attending Boston's Berklee College of Music, she found no shortage of resources for transforming "violin" into "fiddle." "Casey Driessen is now one of the greatest American fiddle players on the scene (plays with Bela Fleck, Tim O'Brien), and he was my roommate," Rodriguez recalls. "He taught me one of the first fiddle tunes I ever learned."
Berklee also set the table for a love of collaboration, which led to three duet records (and many touring miles) with singer/songwriter Chip Taylor (Wild Thing), who was instrumental in helping Carrie create her debut album, SEVEN ANGELS ON A BICYCLE. The Associated Press raved, "...her voice has a character few achieve. Rather than a support player taking a minor turn, she uses her first solo album to mark her ground as a singular talent."
For SHE AIN'T ME, Rodriguez knew it was time to form new collaborations and she ended up with an impressive list of co-writers, including Gary Louris (Jayhawks), Dan Wilson (Semisonic), Jim Boquist (Son Volt) and Mary Gauthier.
Lucinda Williams wasn't among the co-writers, but she makes her presence felt, singing backup on "Mask of Moses. After receiving a copy of SEVEN ANGELS ON A BICYCLE, Lucinda told the New York Times "...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. I detect a certain wisdom in her, and yet a sense of wonder as well."
Rodriguez subsequently toured with Williams, and also sat in on fiddle during Lucinda's sets.
A Los Angeles Times headline describes Carrie the best: From Austin, With No Limits. Think you already know Carrie? Think again.
Arden Gild Hall
2126 The Highway
Arden, DE 19810
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: No|