Carrie Rodriguez | Ben Taylor
Wednesday March 19, 2014 8:00 pm
Co-headline show with Ben Taylor
"Both performers engaged the audience with their personalities as well as their music . . . as they progressed on a richly rewarding journey." – The London Times
Austin songstress and multi-instrumentalist Carrie Rodriguez and musical partner Luke Jacobs will be spending the first quarter of 2014 crossing the country in support of their new live album, Live At The Cactus. Rodriguez and Jacobs have been performing together for over three years, but this release will be the first album that captures the intimacy and chemistry of the duo.
Doors 7 pm | Show 8 pm
After a year touring the US and beyond in support of Rodriguez's critically acclaimed, Give Me All You Got, all the while honing their live show, it felt like the perfect time to bring the show home and document this moment in their musical lives. Recorded over two nights in Austin, TX in June 2013, Live At The Cactus, is a testament to the intimacy, playfulness, and depth of emotion that audiences have been celebrating since Rodriguez & Jacobs began performing as a duo.
Rodriguez, whose latest album Give Me All You Got was in The Americana Music Association's year-end Top 10 Albums of the Year list, will be playing with Bill Frisell and Buddy Miller for two very special performances at Lincoln Center in New York on January 17 and 18th. The Rodriguez and Jacobs tour will start on January 19 in Somerville, MA.
Ben Taylor listens and thinks. A lot. In fact, the word Word is something Ben mulls over daily. It is, when you think about it, the only word that IS what it means. The meaning of word connects us – in any language – and this idea of communication is very important to Ben, as is the paradox of an individuated consciousness (think: ego) versus collective unconscious, that which unifies us all (happiness, fear, hate, love). Heavy? Not really, just a part of the ever evolving, highly intelligent, vulnerable, loving brain of Ben Taylor, musician, son, brother, friend and deep believer. Not only has Taylor spent the past few years thinking, he has also spent a lot of time LISTENING.
Listening is Ben Taylor's first album in four years, the last being the critically acclaimed The Legend of Kung Folk Part 1, which had CNN commenting that the album, "reflects the broad palette of pop" and Blurt Magazine declaring, "For some time now Ben's been busy carving out a unique niche for himself in the music world." Ben himself once described his work as "organically handcrafted songs," and given the painstaking thought and care he puts in to his art, who are we to argue? As a successful and eclectic independent artist for the past ten years, it isn't just anyone who takes four years to put out their next album (Listening being his fourth album).
Listening, flawlessly fuses the sounds and styles of folk, pop, soul, urban, reggae and country, and is, as Ben says, "an evolution. Some songs were actually recorded four years ago, some were recorded a few months ago, and a few recorded a few weeks ago just in time to make it. This album runs the gamut from both the production style and the period of my life in which they were recorded. These songs are little windows into the last four years of my life." Ben was in no rush to record Listening because, for most of his career, he never limited himself with a deadline. A self-described 'late bloomer' musically, Ben didn't start singing until his early 20s. The hesitation is understandable, given the daunting example of success set by his parents, James Taylor and Carly Simon. While Ben thought of other vocations he could pursue, including a wilderness guide or martial arts instructor, he was drawn to the family business. Ben had a true affinity for music, and not surprisingly, a love for words. "My scholastic career was not successful. My attention wanders, and I like to follow it. It's a creatively lucrative process for me. My internal jukebox was always so much louder than my teachers."