January 03, 2009
Seven years ago, singer, songwriter and violinist Carrie Rodriguez had a simple goal: “To get a gig playing fiddle with somebody great, be on the road and make a living.” But ever since she was spotted at Cheapo Discs in her hometown of Austin, Texas, backing outsider country act Hayseed at an in-store gig during the 2001 South By Southwest music convention, Rodriguez has far exceeded her all-too-modest expectations. Through her unique collaboration with veteran songwriter Chip Taylor, which had yielded three critically acclaimed albums of duets, Rodriguez enthralled record buyers and concert audiences throughout North America and Europe. Since 2006’s “Seven Angels on a Bicycle,” she’s become an evocative vocalist and compelling composer of her own, convincingly taking center stage.
“On ‘She Ain’t Me,’ she continues to strive forward in creating her own oeuvre with an engrossing set of lushly arranged songs. Rodriguez starts things rootsy, textured and topical with the prototypically Americana ‘Infinite Night,’ while such tracks as ‘Absence’ and the gentle ‘The Big Mistake’ have more pronounced country touches. She gets by with more than a little help from friends this time out, including Lucinda Williams’ singing on the epic ‘Mask Of Moses’ and songwriting collaborators Gary Louris, Dan Wilson, and Mary Gauthier. None of that takes the spotlight off of her, however: Rodriguez is a triple-threat artist who sounds more formidable with each successive release.” –Gary Graff, Billboard Critics Pick, August 2008
“With ‘She Ain’t Me,’ Rodriguez further develops her own musical identity as a skilled purveyor of sophisticated twang.” –Michael Berick, LA Weekly, July 2008
“On her latest CD, ‘She Ain’t Me,’ Carrie Rodriguez creates lush dramatic soundscapes full of cosmic rhythms, ethereal melodies, and plenty of twang both in her voice and in the banjos and fiddles, to keep it the music grounded. I’m reminded of some of Roseanne Cash’s work of Emmy Lou Harris’ work, but what stands out in Carrie Rodriguez music is a feminine, sexy voice that commands attention.” –TapRootRadio.com, July 2008
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