This Saturday’s 24th series-launching Sings Like Hell concert at the Lobero Theatre (33 E. Canon Perdido) will reunite two of Austin’s favorite musical prodigies. While both Carrie Rodriguez and the South Austin Jug Band have become incredibly familiar with the musical haunts of the Texas capitol, the only time they seem to cross paths these days is on stages far from home.
“The last time I saw those guys was in Provence, France,” laughed Rodriguez. “This summer, out at the festivals, I got to see lots of friends in places like Winnipeg, Canada, or at some random festival in the Grand Teton in Wyoming. You get to play music in these places you would never otherwise visit and then get to hang out with friends you haven’t seen for a long time. It’s a pretty good deal!”
And it’s not just a vast expanse of geographical territory that Rodriguez has been covering of late; she’s also traversed her fair share of musical terrain. Most recently, she’s followed up her 2006 solo debut, Seven Angels on a Bicycle, with the brutally emotive She Ain’t Me.
“I do feel this album is more of a debut solo record than Seven Angels,” Rodriguez admitted. “Seven Angels was still a joint production with [former collaborator Chip Taylor] and, at the time, that’s what I was comfortable with. For this new record, I wanted to discover some new areas for myself and find out, if I did go and write with some other people, what else would come out of me :”
Part of trying new things was establishing new collaborative networks, like her union with former Jayhawk Gary Louris, who helped Rodriguez pen much of She Ain’t Me. “Growing up in Austin, the Jayhawks were on the radio so much that I feel like they were a part of my youth,” said Rodriguez.
Carrie Rodriguez will bring her new works to the Lobero this Saturday, October 18, when she plays Sings Like Hell with the South Austin Jug Band. For more information, call 963-0761 or visit singslikehell.com. And for the full preview of the new series, visit independent.com/singslikehell24.