Carrie Rodriguez is a singer/songwriter, currently based out of New York. Her father, David Rodriguez, is also a singer/songwriter, having long relocated in the Netherlands in the mid-90s, where it seems he's still producing music.
The New Bye & Bye - The Best of the Train Wreck Years 2002-2007 marked the first time the two artists have reunited to record some new tracks for the compilation. The album is due out on October 12th on Train Wreck Records.
What I have always liked about duoing singers is what I've always called the "Beauty & the Beast" effect: a rough/experienced boy throat, offset by a sweet/beautiful girl voice. Further evidence can be found in success of Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan.
The New Bye & Bye starts off the compilation with the four new songs. This tells me one of a few things: they are really proud of the new songs. I've listened to many "greatest hits" compilation, and the "new" songs are often stuck at the end because they're generally a "b-side"-style song... not really worthy of a "great hit" song.
With their attitude, I went in really liking the new songs. Starting off with "Your Name is on My Lips", is a song about missing someone and sounds, to me, like it's sung through the loneliness of a telephone call. The emptiness of electric through the wire is captured through the weeping violin. "On An Island" continues that theme remembering that one person, on an island, waiting.
"Play it Again Sam" is my favorite of the new song, just because Chip Taylor sounds really vulnerable here, with his almost-whispering/barely able to mutter his lines (probably a statement about how the audience is paying good money to see him play his hit song over and over again).
The title of the compilation is named after "The New Bye and Bye", is kind of an argument and a make-up song. The refrain is used again to close out the compilation as the last track.
The rest of the compilation collects songs from their three studio albums, and one live album, Live from the Ruhr Triennale. The track listing are in chronicle order, with about three tracks from each album (with the exception of The Trouble With Humans which got two extra tracks thrown in).
I liked the more upbeat songs "Sweet Tequila Blues" with its catchy line "take me back to Austin, damn I miss that town" and "All The Rain" with "I can't believe they didn't drown with all the rain in their heart". I really enjoy Carrie's twangy "I don't give a damn" attitude with the calm, collective melody from Chip. And speaking of accents, wow, you haven't heard "Wild Thing" until you hear their version. They ought to change to the title to "Wild Thang".
Below are tour information for Chip Taylor:
Fri 10/22/10 New York, NY Hill Country BBQ
Fri 11/19/10 New York, NY The Living Room
Sat 11/20/10 New York, NY The Living Room
Sun 11/21/10 Turners Falls, MA Shea Theater*
Wed 12/01/10 Austin, TX Cactus Cafe
Thu 12/02/10 Austin, TX Cactus Cafe*
Fri 12/03/10 Houston, TX McGonigel's Mucky Duck*
Sat 12/11/10 Wellsville, NY Creative Arts Center
* Appearing with Carrie Rodriguez
As for Carrie Rodriguez, she's just released Love & Circumstance and currently on tour with Romantica (a Minneapolis band!):
06-Oct Oss @ Het Oude Theater*|
07-Oct Alphen a/d Rijn @ Theater Castellum*
08-Oct Gouda, HOLLAND @ Goudse Schouwburg*
09-Oct Leiden, HOLLAND @ Stadsgehoorzaal*
10-Oct Holland @ CC Leopoldsburg*
11-Oct Eindhoven @ Muziekcentrum Frits Philips*
29-Oct Cleveland, OH @ Night Town
30-Oct Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Café
31-Oct Buckhannon, WV @ Virginia Thomas Law
02-Nov New York, NY @ City Winery co-bill^
03-Nov Alexandria, VA @ The Birchmere
04-Nov Sellersville, PA @ Sellersville Theater^
05-Nov Marblehead, MA @ me&thee coffeehouse^
06-Nov Hudson, NY @ Club Helsinki co-bill^|
07-Nov Middletown, NY @ The Mansion
11-Nov Denton, TX @ Dan’s Silverleaf
13-Nov Dallas, TX @ The Kessler Theater
17-Nov Chapel Hill, NC @ Memorial Hall#
21-Nov Turner Falls, MA @ The Shea Theater+
02-Dec Austin, TX @ The Cactus Café+
03-Dec Houston, TX @ Mucky Duck+
* w/very special guests Romantica
^ w/Jim Lauderdale playing first
+ Chip Taylor & Carrie Rodriguez
# w/Ben Sollee
Preview some tracks on Soundcloud, courtesy of Shore Fire.
Trivia: I know this has nothing to do with music, but Chip Taylor's brother is Jon Voight, you know, Mr Angelina Jolie Dad.