(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Austin-based Americana singer-songwriter Carrie Rodriguez brings her new Tex-Mex sound to Club Helsinki Hudson on Saturday, April 30, at 9pm. The acclaimed Austin-based roots-music artist recently released the album “Lola,” on which the Chicana singer/songwriter realizes her dream of presenting her deeply personal take on the Tex-Mex music of her ancestors.
Rodriguez was born in Austin and raised on a broad range of pop, traditional and classical music. Her father, David Rodriguez, was a roots musician from Houston who performed with Townes Van Zandt and mentored a young Lyle Lovett, and came from a long line of Texas-born Mexican-American musicians and singers.
Rodriguez began training on the violin at age five while simultaneously developing a taste for fiddling under the influence of the rich and vibrant songwriting culture of her hometown. She was awarded a scholarship to Oberlin Conservatory of Music and moved on to graduate from the prestigious Berklee College of Music, where she studied with renowned roots-music fiddler Matt Glaser.
A collaboration with Chip Taylor (of “Wild Thing” and “Angel of the Morning” fame) produced four highly regarded duet albums, after which Rodriguez began recording and releasing solo albums of her own. 2013’s “Give Me All You Got” reached No. 1 on the Americana Radio Chart and received wide critical acclaim, with the Boston Globe praising Rodriguez’s “fine singing and scintillating fiddle work,” and PopMatters calling it “country songwriting at its best.”
Rodriguez has toured, recorded and co-written songs with legendary artists including Lucinda Williams, John Prine, Bill Frisell, Rickie Lee Jones, Mary Gauthier, Los Lobos, Alejandro Escovedo and Los Lonely Boys. She has made numerous television and radio appearances, including “Austin City Limits,” “The Tonight Show,” and “A Prairie Home Companion.”
Her new album, “Lola,” has six original songs in English and “Spanglish,” as well as five Mexican folk tunes known as “ranchera” that Rodriguez sings in Spanish. The album was inspired by the music of her great aunt, singer Eva Garza, and her contemporary, Lola Beltran, the ranchera diva of the album’s title. Garza was a Texas-born Columbia Records artist and ranchera singer with a following in the U.S. and Latin America in the 1940s and ’50s.
Rodriguez’s tribute features an all-star band that includes Bill Frisell, Viktor Krauss, and Raul Malo among others, music that evokes, in her own words, “the rich landscape of blended cultures that I call home.”
For reservations in The Restaurant or in the club call 518.828.4800.