Who are you and where are you from?
Carrie Rodriguez from Austin, Texas
Who are your favorite artists from home?
What’s it really like touring?
Playing music every night in new places is always a joy…getting there, however, can be a challenge. Touring is: meeting new people every day, learning how to drive in different countries, understanding signs in foreign languages, asking the locals for help, and trying to take in as much as we can in a short period of time, since we are often only in each city for one day!
What’s your favourite city/town/venue to play?
Too many to pick just one. My hometown venue, The Cactus Cafe, is a favorite, though…The Catus has quite a long history of having fantastic singer-songwriters on their stage. Townes Van Zandt and Lucinda Williams, just to name a few…it’s always nice to come off the road and play a show at home in Austin. That being said, however, we are currently on the road in Italy and it is amazing! We played a small jazz club the other day on the Southern tip of Italy in Calabria. The audience was fantastic…clapped and sang along (even if they didn’t know the songs), and the swordfish pasta was unforgettable!
What’s your ideal festival line-up?
A diverse one: How about some space-age guitar sounds from Bill Frisell, Brazilian ballads by Caetano Veloso, classic songs from John Prine, Southwestern soundscapes from Calexico, and passionate singing by Mexican songstress Lila Downs. Sounds good….wish I could go!
What has been your biggest achievement of the year?
I produced an album for my touring partner and singer/songwriter Luke Jacobs. It is his debut album, and it was very exiting to be a part of it!
What do you do to relax?
I love to cook when I’m home. I also love reading cook books…puts me in a good mood!
What are you reading?
Empire of the Summer Moon (History of Quanah Parker and the rise and fall of the Comanches) by S.C. Gwynne
How about TV, anything good on the box?
Hard to keep up with many TV shows…especially when I’m on the move as much as I am. I did manage to watch the entire 1st 2 seasons of Orange is the New Black – which was great.
Do you have a favourite YouTube video?
Can’t say that I do…
What website do you visit most?
Yelp…I’m always researching where to eat in the places where I tour!
What is your favourite:
Record? Chet Baker Sings
Song? ‘If I Needed You’ by Townes Van Zandt
Lost classic song? Mexican songwriter, Agustin Lara singing his composition, ‘Noche de Ronda’. Gorgeous!
Record label? Nonesuch
Who is your favourite current artist?
A new artist that you are most excited about?
What was the last great gig you have seen?
Ray Lamontagne with his killer band at the Austin City Limits Music Festival
What should we expect from your Irish shows?
My touring partner, Luke Jacobs, will be playing acoustic guitar and a spooky lap steel guitar. I’ll be on the fiddle and tenor guitar. Vocals by both of us. Original songs written mostly in English…with a few in Spanish thrown in. You can expect a good amount of fiddling accompanied by my stomping…which is usually pretty loud…
You can catch Carrie Rodriguez in the Workman’s Club on November 12th, tickets are €15