Austin, Texas-based singer-songwriter Carrie Rodriguez is making her way back to the Tetons on July 11 for a jam-packed night of toe-tapping fiddling, picking, dancing, and fun. If you caught this impressive singer-songwriter at the Center for the Arts opening for Patty Griffin, you already know you’re in for a treat.
A passionate performer, she effortlessly melds fiery fiddle playing, electrifying vocals, and a fresh interpretation of new and classic songs with an “Ameri-Chicana” attitude. Her 2016 Spanish/English album Lola provides a twangy, Texas-bred twist on Mexican Ranchera songs, creating culturally blended music for a culturally blended world.
Carrie finds inspiration from the 1940s-era recordings of her great aunt, Chicana singing sensation Eva Garza, producing a mixture of new and old songs. The album features Spanish songs written by some of Carrie’s favorite Mexican composers, as well as her own Ranchera-inspired original songs written in English, Spanish, and “Spanglish.” The album was produced by Lee Townsend and is backed by all-star band The Sacred Hearts.
Carrie’s musical roots run deep. She began playing the violin at age five with a passionate vigor. By age ten, she performed as part of a group at Carnegie Hall. She continued her classical training at Oberlin Conservatory and then gifted gears to pursue her true love affair with the fiddle, staying true to her Texas roots, while attending Berklee College of Music. She’s performed as a duo with singer-songwriter Chip Taylor, resulting in four highly acclaimed duet albums, before going solo to pursue her individual musical identity on her debut album “Seven Angels on a Bicycle,” then 2013’s “Give Me All You Got,” which reached no. 1 on the Americana Music Charts. Expect captivating musicianship, incredible vocals, and must-see talent.
The opening act is also bringing top-tiered talent to the Victor City Park stage. Teton Traveling Allstars, featuring Teton Valley’s most exceptional young musicians including C.A. Newcomb on vocals and guitar, Miles Butler on piano, Boone Hunter on drums, Jamie Smith on guitar, and Bridger Clark on bass, are a stellar act that is no doubt on the rise.
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