Music » Critics' Picks

Carrie Rodriguez

9 p.m. Thursday, November 13. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City.



The daughter of one of Austin's greatest and most elusive songwriters (David Rodriguez), a long-time partner to Americana hero Chip Taylor and a fiddler with contest-killing chops, Carrie Rodriguez doesn't stand a chance with Clear Channel country radio. But on this year's sterling She Ain't Me, she modernizes country on her own terms, shifting between electric-mandolin-driven morality tales and hooky folk-rock, illuminating personal dramas with the skill of a young Lucinda Williams (who gets in some guest wailing on "Mask of Moses"), and flirting with another Carrie's (as in Underwood) bitch-on-twang-pop wheels. "Whoever Ms. Whoever is, she ain't me," she sings on the album's title track, calling out the competition, Americana or otherwise, and the threat drips sweetly from her lips.

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