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Returning to the city of Sheffield after quite a long spell away, a slightly jet-lagged but completely on-form Carrie Rodriguez opened her current UK tour on one of the warmest evenings of the year so far. The last time this young singer walked onto a stage in the city was with renowned 1960s singer-songwriter Chip Taylor, opening for Sheffield's Paul Carrack a few years ago. Tonight at The Greystones, Carrie returned with some of her own material, a handful of oldies and one or two brand new songs destined for her forthcoming release GIVE ME ALL YOU GOT.
The material Carrie selected from her healthy back catalogue included the title song from her debut solo album Seven Angels on a Bicycle, along with the sultry '50s French Movie from the same album. Continuing with the co-written (with Mary Gauthier) Absence from the follow up record SHE AIN'T ME of 2009, to more recent songs such as Little Village's Big Love and La Puñalada Trapera sung in Spanish, Carrie delighted the Sheffield audience accompanying herself on both fiddle and tenor guitar, whilst Luke Jacobs provided further accompaniment on both electric and acoustic guitars together with lap steel. The repertoire was expanded further to include one or two songs originally recorded with Chip Taylor, the songwriter responsible for such iconic 1960s hits as Wild Thing and Angel of the Morning, with Devil in Mind and He Ain't Jesus, which contains the wonderful lyric that dares to rhyme 'Buddah' with 'Shoulda.' Only in Country music folks!
Abandoning the sound system momentarily in order to step forward to perform totally acoustically, requesting at the same time that the doors at the back of the room be opened to let some air in, Carrie performed a set of fiddle tunes set around the traditional Midnight on the Water, demonstrating the sort of fiddle playing she was raised on, on the actual instrument she's been playing since the age of thirteen. Concluding with Sosa Thomas Mendez' La Puñalada Trapera, or The Treacherous Backstab, Carrie confessed that she has the most fun when playing jet-lagged shows, 'it kinda takes away the filter', she added before singing in the language she was probably born to. More of that please Carrie.
Opening tonight's concert was singer-songwriter Andrew Tregoning with a set of self-penned and as yet untitled songs. With a gentle guitar style and a voice reminiscent of both Tom Baxter and Nizlopi's Luke Concannon, Andrew relaxed into a fine set, which was warmly received by the audience. It may come as a surprise that this young singer-songwriter only came to music in order to provide sounds for the films he loves making. A fine evening of music providing two contrasting styles of storytelling.