Carrie Rodriguez always dreads the question “What kind of music do you play?”
“Lately, I’ve been saying I play Ameri-Chicana,” Rodriguez said
Scheduled to headline Victor, Idaho’s Music on Main concert at 6 p.m. Thursday, Rodriguez will bring her Texan roots and traditional Mexican music to the Tetons for the second time in a month.
A renowned, established fiddle player and singer-songwriter, Rodriguez recently accompanied Patty Griffin at the Center Theater.
“The universe has been very good to me,” Rodriguez said.
Having played Music on Main once before, in 2012, Rodriguez said she “was so excited when they came to me about [playing this summer] because I love [this] part of the world.”
Half Mexican American, half Anglo American, Rodriguez has developed a style that is a marriage of traditions.
“I think my style is very Americana, and it’s got a lot of country roots, but also a lot of Mexican roots,” she said.
Singing in English, Spanish and Spanglish, she both embraces and intertwines her roots in two cultures.
“I hope that’s something fresh to the area that’s a little different,” said Rodriguez.
With Rodriguez’s roots extending from country, to Americana, to the other side of the Texas border, her music grounds itself in something more universal than genre distinction.
Hearing “Ameri-Chicana,” removes the language and regional barriers between Mexico, Texas and the Tetons.
“I think it’s true there is something about singing a really emotional, classic Mexican song that comes through whether or not you understand the language,” Rodriguez. said
“The nature of the songs that I’m singing is just so raw,” she said, “and even if you don’t speak the language you get that there is massive heartache.”
With Rodriguez’s cross-cultural musical fusion, there is a piece of something that speaks to everyone. For someone who doesn’t speak Spanish it could even be a classic Mexican song.
“I love getting to play free events that anyone can come to,” Rodriguez said, “I think it’s the way music should be received.” ￼