“[Rodriguez] creates beautiful music that is always slyly smart, which in turn makes it more beautiful.” —The New Yorker
“A superb interpretive singer” —The Washington Post
Acclaimed Austin-based artist Carrie Rodriguez is set to release Lola, the follow-up to her critically lauded 2013 LP Give Me All You Got, February 19 via her own Luz Records, distributed by Thirty Tigers. Inspired by 1940s-era recordings of her San Antonio-born great aunt Eva Garza, the bilingual album presents a collection of ranchera-inspired originals by Rodriguez in English, Spanish and “Spanglish,” coupled with Spanish songs written by some of her favorite Mexican composers. Rodriguez is touring widely in support of the album—see dates below.
Produced by Lee Townsend (Bill Frisell, Loudon Wainwright III, Kelly Joe Phelps), the album features an all-star band dubbed “The Sacred Hearts,” including internationally acclaimed composer/guitarist Bill Frisell, Viktor Krauss on bass,Luke Jacobs on pedal steel and guitars, David Pulkingham on nylon string guitar and electric guitar and Brannen Temple on drums and percussion. Vocalists Raul Maloand Gina Chavez and Grammy Award-winning bajo sexto player Max Baca also make appearances.
“I still remember the first time I listened to one of the recordings by my great aunt, Chicana singing sensation Eva Garza, from the ‘40s… As the strings and trumpets soared behind her gutsy alto voice, I was immediately moved to tears, awestruck by the connection I felt to her and to my family history,” Rodriguez says. “Ever since that first listen it has been a dream of mine to create my own blend of Tex-Mex music. Lolais the album I dreamed of, inspired by the rich landscape of blended cultures that I call home: Texas.”
Born in Austin and raised on a broad range of pop, traditional and classical music, Rodriguez began training on the violin at age five while simultaneously developing a taste for fiddling under the influence of the rich and vibrant songwriting culture of her hometown. She was awarded a scholarship to Oberlin Conservatory of Music and moved on to graduate from the prestigious Berklee College of Music. A collaboration with Chip Taylor (of “Wild Thing” and “Angel of the Morning” fame) produced four highly-regarded duet albums, after which Rodriguez began recording and releasing solo albums of her own. 2013’s Give Me All You Got reached No. 1 on the Americana Radio Chart and received wide critical acclaim with the Boston Globe praising Rodriguez’s “fine singing and scintillating fiddle work,” and PopMatters calling it “country songwriting at its best.” It was also chosen as an “Editor’s Pick” by the Washington Post, among many other accolades.
Rodriguez has toured, recorded and co-written songs with legendary artists including Lucinda Williams, John Prine, Bill Frisell, Rickie Lee Jones, Mary Gauthier, Los Lobos, Alejandro Escovedo and Los Lonely Boys. She has made numerous television and radio appearances, including “Austin City Limits,” “The Tonight Show” and “A Prairie Home Companion.”