Unlocking Us Brené with Gina Chavez and Carrie Rodriguez on the Heart and Soul of Music Unlocking Us Brené with Gina Chavez and Carrie Rodriguez on the Heart and Soul of Music
June 23, 2020

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.


Guest Info

Carrie Rodriguez

Carrie Rodriguez
Caption: Photo of Carrie Rodriguez

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

Gina Chavez
Caption: Photo of Gina Chavez

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

Gina Chavez shares 5 favorite songs. Click to listen now on Spotify
Gina Chavez Shares 5 Favorite Songs. Click to Listen Now on Spotify.
Carrie Rodriguez shares 5 favorite songs. Click to listen now on Spotify
Carrie Rodriguez shares 5 favorite songs. Click to listen now on Spotify

Show Notes

La Última Vez by Carrie Rodriguez and Gina Chavez

Chip Taylor


Laboratorio #15 with Eva Ybarra

Todo Cambia by Gina Chavez

A Song For You video series by Carrie Rodriguez

iAmericano!: The Musical… because we’re all DREAMers

iAmericano!: The Musical soundtrack by Orkesta Mendoza and Carrie Rodriguez

Lola by Carrie Rodriguez

Survive2Thrive foundation

La Que Manda (The Woman in Charge) by Gina Chavez

Ninas Arriba College Fund



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