New bilingual music from Austin in a double bill
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Says the Boston Globe: "Hailed by Lucinda Williams, recruited by Alejandro Escovedo, and nurtured by Lyle Lovett, singer-songwriter Carrie Rodriguez has rapidly emerged as one of the most compelling new voices on the roots-rock scene." Daughter of Texan singer-songwriter David Rodriguez and well-known Texas painter Katy Nail, the granddaughter of prolific Texas essayist Frances Nail. and the former roommate of contemporary bluegrasser Casey Driessen at the Berklee College of Music, this singer-songwriter (and fiddler extraordinaire) has taken steps forward with each new release. Carrie is truly a Texas songwriter who has learned from the greats and found her own voice. Her recent album "Lola" contains songs in English and Spanish.
A multiethnic Latin pop songstress, Gina Chavez is a ten-time Austin Music Award winner. Her bilingual record Up.Rooted topped both the Amazon and Latin iTunes charts following a feature on NPR's All Things Considered and has gained wide critical acclaim. Her Tiny Desk concert made NPR's top 15 of 2015. Fresh off a 12-country tour as a cultural ambassador with the U.S. State Department, Chavez offers passionate bilingual songs that take audiences on a journey through the Americas, blending the sounds and rhythms of the region with tension and grace. Her Spanish-language anthem "Siete-D" (Grand Prize winner of the 2014 John Lennon Songwriting Contest) recounts her experience volunteering in a gang-dominated suburb of San Salvador, where she co-founded the Niñas Arriba College Fund for young Latinas.