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Carrie Rodriguez

2016 Speaker

Carrie Rodriguez is a fiddler, singer and songwriter who came to attention a decade ago performing with veteran singer-songwriter Chip Taylor. She established an impressive roster of touring, recording and co-writing affiliations with noted musicians including Lucinda Williams, Rickie Lee Jones, John Prine, Mary Gauthier, Alejandro Escovedo, guitarist Bill Frisell and others.


Rodriguez began playing violin at a very young age. After touring in Europe with her father, musician/songwriter David Rodriguez, and sitting in on a sound check with his old Houston pal Lyle Lovett, she detoured from a degree as a classical violinist at Oberlin Conservatory and set herself on course to become a fiddler at the Berklee College of Music.


Although she has issued three albums under her own name and enjoyed major label support for 2008’s “She Ain’t Me,” the January, 2013 release of her new album, “Give Me All You Got,” marks a giant step for Rodriguez and establishes her musical identity more powerfully than ever before. With the album release, she says, “As a singer-songwriter, I feel like I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing. It’s a lifelong learning curve, and I hope I always stay as excited about it as I am now.”