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Carrie Rodriguez to perform at NY Mills cultural center

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Singer and songwriter Carrie Rodriguez will perform at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center on Saturday, July 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Love and family have always been sources of inspiration for the critically acclaimed Rodriguez, but never have they featured so prominently than on her brand new release, Love & Circumstance, a covers album that includes songs written by her father and once performed by her great aunt.

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Rodriguez's journey from teenage violin student to touring the world with the likes of Chip Taylor, Lucinda Williams and Alejandro Escovedo has resulted in a large output of recordings - eight albums in as many years. With her new album, Rodriguez relies on others to handle the songwriting duties while she provides the interpretations.

"In 2009, after a very busy few years, I felt like I should take a step back and assess the situation," she said during a quick stop between tours. "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."

Rodriguez's professional career was launched in 2001 after a show at South By Southwest in Austin, Texas, introduced her to Taylor, with whom she has recorded four full albums and an EP. Her musical development started much earlier, though, at the hands of her father, David Rodriquez.

"My dad gave me a Leonard Cohen record for my ninth birthday. I hated it," she said. "But of course I rediscovered it at 13 and loved it."

By 15, Rodriguez and her father were touring the Netherlands together.

Rodriguez's maternal side of the family also influenced her musical upbringing. Not only was her mother an opera enthusiast, but her great-aunt Eva Garza was also a popular Latin recording artist in the 1950s, and it was from Garza that Rodriguez first heard La Punalada Trapera, which soon became a mainstay in her live set.

Having family friends include recognizable names like Lyle Lovett, who invited Rodriguez to sit in with his band when she was at college, also helped her develop as a performer.

Tickets for Rodriguez's performance in NY Mills are available by calling 218-385-3339. Admission is $12 advance reservation, or $15 the evening of the concert. Student admission is $5. More information and a link to Rodriguez' website can be found at www.kulcher.org.

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Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Carrie Rodriguez will perform at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center on Saturday, July 9 at 7:30 p.m.

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