Brené with Gina Chavez and Carrie Rodriguez
on the Heart and Soul of Music
Meet Carrie Rodriguez and Gina Chavez, the musicians who created and perform the music you hear every week on Unlocking Us. Artists and activists, Gina and Carrie integrate stories, culture, and the heart of past generations into their music to create artful and hopeful futures. You can hear it in their music, and you can see it in their lives. I’m so grateful that our weekly Unlocking Us conversations begin and end with their soulful sounds.
Carrie Rodriguez, a singer-songwriter from Austin, Texas, finds beauty in the cross-pollination of diverse traditions. She melds fiddle playing, vocals and a fresh interpretation of new and classic songs with an “Ameri-Chicana” attitude. She’s released five solo studio albums, three live albums and three albums with legendary Chip Taylor. In 2017, Carrie founded a highly acclaimed ongoing concert series set at the historic Cactus Cafe in Austin, Texas called Laboratorio that both celebrates and explores Latinx culture and its contribution to the American experiment. She’s also the composer/lyricist of an original musical. ¡Americano!, which ended its 27-show debut at The Phoenix Theatre Company at the end of February of 2020. Carrie lives in Austin with her partner and musical collaborator Luke Jacobs, a multi-instrumentalist/singer-songwriter from Minnesota, and their son, Cruz.
Gina Chavez is a wife, philanthropist and an award-winning independent musician. She is a proud native Austinite and a 12-time Austin Music Award winner, including 2019 Best Female Vocals and 2015 Austin Musician of the Year. Her NPR Tiny Desk concert has more than a million views and her hour-long PBS special is available nationwide. Gina’s music is deeply personal. Her passionate collection of bilingual songs takes audiences on a journey to discover her Latin roots through music as she shares her story of life in Texas as a married, queer Catholic. Gina tours internationally as a cultural ambassador with the U.S. State Department and runs Niñas Arriba, a college fund she co-founded with her wife for young women in gang-dominated El Salvador. Her first all-Spanish language album, La Que Manda (The Woman in Charge), is now available everywhere. More info here: www.ginachavez.com
La Última Vez by Carrie Rodriguez and Gina Chavez
Laboratorio #15 with Eva Ybarra
Todo Cambia by Gina Chavez
A Song For You video series by Carrie Rodriguez
iAmericano!: The Musical soundtrack by Orkesta Mendoza and Carrie Rodriguez
Lola by Carrie Rodriguez
La Que Manda (The Woman in Charge) by Gina Chavez