Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Lola

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Lola

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LOLA

Carrie Rodriguez (Luz Records, 2016)

After 15 years of knocking around the edges of the music business, and with no record label to back her and a baby on the way, Texas singer-songwriter-fiddler Carrie Rodriguez reared back and made this crowd-funded, self-released album. The pressure of that high-stakes roll of the dice must have been inspiring because, with Lola, Rodriguez dives so deep into her personal experience that she comes up with something universal.

Rodriguez started playing violin at age 5 and grew up surrounded by the rich mixture of musical cultures in Austin, Texas. But it was at the Berklee College of Music in Boston that she became a fiddler. Then, after Rodriguez made a few solid Americana albums, her maternal grandmother sent her a CD of her great aunt Eva Garza, a San Antonio ranchera singer who was something of a border legend in the mid-20th century. That's when the pieces started falling into place. …

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