PLYMOUTH — January 17, 2013 was Carrie Rodriguez Day in her hometown of Austin, Texas, "in recognition of her work in advancing Austin as the 'Live Music Capital of the world'." The singer, songwriter and instrumentalist will make the Silver Center for the Arts at Plymouth State University her home in a single performance November 8 at 8 p.m.
The honor in her hometown was just the latest in a string of accolades for the prodigious fiddler, soulful singer and probing songwriter who has toured with Lyle Lovett, Lucinda Williams, John Prine and Los Lobos.
The Huffington Post says "Carrie Rodriguez just might be the hardest-working woman in American roots music. The Austin, Texas-born-and-raised singer-songwriter plays the fiddle but doesn't fiddle around."
Rodriguez detoured from a degree as a classical violinist at Oberlin, choosing instead to become a fiddler at the Berklee College of Music in Boston after sitting in on a sound check with her father's friend, Lyle Lovett. She made her solo debut in 2006 with Seven Angels on a Bicycle and says, "All of a sudden I found myself in this position of being called a singer-songwriter, which felt so strange." But she happily returned to that role on her latest album, Give Me All You Got, which topped the Americana Radio Chart for weeks as one of the strongest debut albums of the year. The album's producer Lee Townsend says that album "still addresses Carrie's roots in Americana, but with a bit of a pop edge. I think it is her most mature record—every direction that is explored is distilled to an essential kind of expression."
Rodriquez toured Europe With Chip Taylor in a program that showcased artists of Hispanic ancestry including Carlos Santana, Los Lobos, Linda Ronstadt, Gloria Estefan, Jose Feliciano and Rodriguez. The tour captured the heart of Americana music aficionados and infused the Latino community with a dose of Ameri-Chicana pride, according to TODOAustin.com.
Tickets for Carrie Rodriquez's Plymouth performance are $35 for adults, $33 for seniors and $20 for youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869. Tickets are also available online at silver.plymouth.edu.