Chip Taylor, Carrie Rodriguez plan live disc
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Chip Taylor, Carrie Rodriguez plan live disc

Tuesday, August 28, 2007 – "Chip Taylor & Carrie Rodriguez Live from the Ruhr Triennale - October 2005" will be out in early October on Taylor's Trainwreck Records label.

The duo, who have been playing on their own in recent months, are backed by guitarist Bill Frisell, multi instrumentalist Greg Leisz and special guest Buddy Miller.

Ruhr Triennale Festival curator Frisell invited Taylor and Rodriguez to perform on their "Century of Song Series," which celebrates the history of popular song as it came into prominence in the 20th century. In addition to their own songs, participating artists were asked to also feature their favorite songs from other songwriters of the past century.

The result is an album that includes songs they recoreded together, such as "Let's Leave this Town," "Laredo" and "Red Dog Tracks" (off their three studio albums),, and Taylor-penned classics regularly performed at their live shows ("Wild Thing," "Angel of the Morning," "The Real Thing") plus performances of such classics as "Today I Started Loving You Again," "Long Black Veil," "Big River" and "Maybellene."

"My entire music career has been guided by physical sensations," says Taylor in the album's liner notes. "That 'chill factor' was never more in evidence than at the Ruhr Triennale, in the Ruhr District part of Germany, on the evenings of October 11th and 13th of October, 2005. Surrounded by the magnetic sounds of Bill Frisell and the boys, Carrie and I rocked and floated in musical places we had never been."

For the album's closer, they were joined by Miller for "Wild Thing."

The disc was was produced by Lee Townsend and Taylor.

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