Carrie Rodriguez gained fame in the alt-country world after releasing three great albums with Chip Taylor, a singer/songwriter who cashes fat royalty checks for standards like “Wild Thing,” “Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)” and “Angel of the Morning”–and is also known for being a badass professional gambler and the younger brother of Jon Voight. Taylor-Rodriguez's first collaboration, 2002's
OC Weekly (Wade Tatangelo): What's your relationship like with the Garza brothers of Los Lonely Boys?
I don't really know them or know if they've even heard my music. But I guess they like it because they approved me to be on their tour. I love that they're from Texas and are carrying on the Stevie Ray Vaughan legacy. They're very talented and I'm proud to be opening for them.
Los Lonely Boys' studio recordings our much pop-oriented than their live performances, which reach heavy blues levels. Can you complement that with your fiddle?
I'm up for the challenge but I don't really know if they'll ask me to sit in. The closest thing I've had to playing that style of music was with Alejandro Escovedo's rock band, which is really loud!