New talent Carrie Rodriguez, singer and fiddle player, will perform in New York Mills at 7:30 p.m. on July 9.
Love and family have always been sources of inspiration for critically acclaimed singer/songwriter/musician Rodriguez, but never have they featured so prominently than on her brand new release "Love & Circumstance," a covers album that includes songs written by her father, and once performed by her great aunt.
Rodriguez' journey from teenage violin student to touring the world with the likes of Chip Taylor (famed songwriter of "Wild Thing"), Lucinda Williams and Alejandro Escovedo, has resulted in a prodigious output of recordings -- eight albums in as many years -- for the young musician; with the new album, Rodriguez relies on others to handle the songwriting duties, while she provides the interpretations.
"In 2009, after a very busy few years, I felt like I should take a step back and assess the situation," she said during a quick stop between tours. "The idea of doing a covers record had been developing for a while, and had been prompted by requests I get at every show for a recording of some of the covers I play live, especially 'La Punalada Trapera.' I stated to wonder what kind of album I could make that would be a fit for that song."
Besides the contributions from her immediate family, "Love & Circumstance" includes compositions from her extended musical family and friends, including John Hiatt/Nick Lowe/Ry Cooder/Jim Keltner (aka Little Village), Buddy Miller and Julie Miller, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Richard Thompson, Townes Van Zandt, M. Ward, Merle Haggard & Bonnie Owens, Hank Williams and Lucinda Williams.
Rodriguez' professional career was launched in 2001 after a show at South By Southwest introduced her to Taylor, with whom she has recorded four full albums and an EP. Her musical development started much earlier, however, and at the hands of an equally seasoned songwriting veteran, her father David Rodriguez.
"My dad gave me a Leonard Cohen record for my ninth birthday! I hated it. But of course I rediscovered it at 13 and loved it," she recalled.
By 15, Rodriguez and her dad were touring the Netherlands together; chops were being honed.
Tickets are available by calling (218) 385-3339. Admission is $12 advance reservation; $15 the evening of the concert. Student admission is $5. More information and a link to the artist's website is at the Cultural Center webpage, www.kulcher.org.