Rodriguez gets inspired with "Lola"
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
– Carrie Rodriguez will release "Lola," the follow-up to 2013's "Give Me All You Got," on Feb. 19, 2016 via her own Luz Records.
Inspired by 1940's-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 will tour widely in support of the album with tour dates to be announced.
Produced by Lee Townsend (Bill Frisell, Loudon Wainwright III, Kelly Joe Phelps), the album features The Sacred Hearts, including internationally 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 Malo and 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 said. "Ever since that first listen it has been a dream of mine to create my own blend of Tex-Mex music. Lola is 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. She was awarded a scholarship to Oberlin Conservatory of Music and later graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston. A collaboration with Chip Taylor (of "Wild Thing" and "Angel of the Morning" fame) produced four well-received duet albums. Rodriguez then went solo.
Songs on the CD are:
1. Perfidia (written by Alberto Dominguez) [featuring Raul Malo]
2. Llano Estacado (written by Carrie Rodriguez/Luke Jacobs)
3. I Dreamed I Was Lola Beltran (written by Carrie Rodriguez/Susan Gibson)
4. La Ultima Vez (written by Carrie Rodriguez/Gina Chavez) [feat. Gina Chavez]
5. Que Manera de Perder (written by Cuco Sanchez)
6. Frio en el Alma (written by Miguel Angel Valladares Rebolledo)
7. Z (written by Carrie Rodriguez/Susan Gibson)
8. Noche de Ronda (written by Maria Teresa Lara)
9. Caricias (written by Carrie Rodriguez/Luke Jacobs)
10. The West Side (written by Carrie Rodriguez)
11. Si No Te Vas (instrumental) (written by Cuco Sanchez)
12. Si No Te Vas (written by Cuco Sanchez)
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