Carrie Rodriguez : Love And Circumstance

We’ve loved Carrie Rodriguez for a while now, we went to see her in Texas at SxSW last year and started the ball rolling on getting this album on the label. The album in question is ‘Love and Circumstance’, an album of cover versions that show off Carrie’s influences and musical range.

Over the years, as part of a duo (with Chip Taylor), a side-woman (with Alejandro Escovedo), and solo artist, Carrie Rodriguez has dazzled critics and audiences alike with her prowess as a musician. And once again, Carrie delivers on Love & Circumstance, embracing twelve songs that have inspired, and influenced her life and music.

Carrie says, “In 2009, after a very busy few years, I felt like I should take a step back and assess the situation, 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.”

“It was very important for me to go back to my roots with this record and concentrate on what was important to me,” Rodriguez explains, “songwriters like Richard Thompson, Townes, Hank, they’re the ones who initially inspired me.”

Love & Circumstance was produced by Lee Townsend (Bill Frisell, etc), and was recorded with Hans Holzen (guitar), Kyle Kegerreis (bass) and Eric Platz (drums). As might be expected from her and Townsend’s A-list connections, the list of players on Love & Circumstance includes a sterling roster of music greats including Bill Frisell (guitars), Greg Leisz (pedal steel & slide guitars), Aoife O’Donovan (background vocals), and Buddy Miller (background vocals).

“Greg Leisz is the greatest pedal steel player in the world, and for someone with a Bill Frisell record collection getting to play with him is a dream,” gushes Rodriguez, reminding us that despite a decade and a half in the trenches she’s still a young (31) and impassioned music fan.

Those who have been following Carrie Rodriguez throughout her career will find Love & Circumstance an exciting addition to her oeuvre, new fans will get a glimpse of the rising star’s influences; both will revel in the sterling musicianship and heartfelt interpretations of new and classic songs.

“This is a really important record for me,’ says Rodriguez, ‘not just because it gave me the chance to go back to my roots, but also because it celebrates my family.”

Carrie wraps herself around songs from influences and peers such as John Hiatt/Nick Lowe/Ry Cooder/Jim Keltner (aka Little Village), Buddy Miller & Julie Miller, David Rodriguez, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Richard Thompson, Townes Van Zandt, M. Ward, Merle Haggard & Bonnie Owens, Hank Williams, Lucinda Williams, and others. She even pays homage to her family heritage with the soulful Spanish ballad ““La Puñalada Trapera,” popularized in the 1950s by her great-aunt, famed Mexican bolero balladeer Eva Garza.

Flattered by the notion, singer-songwriter Richard Thompson explains, “It is always a thrill to write a song and have someone else take it to unexpected places. “Waltzing’s For Dreamers” was conceived as something rather Celtic, and I’m delighted that Carrie could pull it into another genre. Thank you for the heartfelt and impassioned performance.”

David Rodriguez affirms the sentiment, “Your song is like your child. Nothing is more pleasing to its composer than to see it, like this one here – warmly nestled in a place called ‘home’.”

It’ll be released on vinyl this autumn and include a download code for this album and also a code for Carrie’s follow up mini-album ‘We Still Love Our Country’, information on this can be found here.

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Carrie Rodriguez : Love And Circumstance

Album Information
180g Single LP, Gatefold Sleeve.
10th November 2011

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    Love And Circumstance

    180g Single LP
    10th November 2011

    1. Big Love (John Hiatt, Nick Lowe, Ry Cooder, Jim Keltner)
    2. Wide River 2. to Cross (Buddy & Julie Miller)
    3. When I Heard Gypsy Davy Sing (David Rodriguez)
    4. Eyes on the Prize (M. Ward)
    5. Steal Your Love (Lucinda Williams)
    6. Waltzing's for Dreamers (Richard Thompson)
    7. I'm Not For Love (Sandrine)
    8. I Made A Lover's Prayer (Gillian Welch & Dave Rawlings)
    9. I Started Loving You Again (Bonnie Owens & Merle Haggard)
    10. Rex's Blues (Townes Van Zandt)
    11. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry (Hank Williams)
    12. La Punalada Trapera (Sosa Tomas Mendez)