Friday BBQ Spotify 1/10/14
Carrie Luz Rodriguez is a Mexican-American singer-songwriter and the daughter of Texan singer-songwriter David Rodriguez and well-known Texas painter Katy Nail, and is the granddaughter of prolific Texas essayist Frances Nail. She sings and plays the fiddle, mandobird and tenor guitar. And because I’ve been so far removed from my beloved Austin music scene lately, I had no idea who she was until I heard Devil in Mind on Spotify the other day. Carrie started taking Suzuki violin lessons at her public elementary school at age 5. When asked why she chose to learn violin at such a young age, she admits “I was really bad at nap-time. I would talk through the whole thing. And I already had a parent/teacher conference about it. I remember getting up to go to the bathroom and walking down the hall during nap-time and hearing the little squawky beginner violin playing ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.’ And I just remember thinking, ‘Oh, man, this is what I should be doing. Not laying in there bored.’”
Her father took her on tour with him in Europe when she was a teen, and after sitting through a sound check with her dad’s old friend Lyle Lovett, she decided to leave Oberlin Conservatory and set herself on course to become a fiddler. Lucky for all of us. She’s toured the U.S. with Jeff Bridges, and TODO Austin recently called her the outlier, who was running “on the strength of a career only a decade old, but is already so highly regarded that she’s not only captured the heart of Americana music aficionados but infused the Latino community with a singular dose of Ameri-Chicana pride.” On January 17, 2013 Carrie was honored by the city of Austin with an official “Carrie Rodriguez Day” (and each year going forward). The city’s proclamation is in recognition of Carrie’s “work in advancing Austin as the ‘Live Music Capital of the World’.” All because a talkative little girl didn’t want to be bored anymore. Give this playlist of Carrie’s songs a try, and have a terrific weekend everyone. Above all, if you start to feel bored, get up and explore your world a little. You never know what might happen.