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Press Kit for Chip Taylor and Carrie Rodriguez
Everything you need to know about Chip and Carrie and how they got together to create the Let's Leave This Town album.
August 2003 - New press release quality photos of Chip & Carrie
New print quality images of Chip Taylor and Carrie Rodriguez by Todd Wolfson are now available for download.
Chip Taylor Protests Legendary Club's Closing With “Instant Single”
Legendary singer-songwriter Chip Taylor was home in New York City when word reached him that the University of Texas was closing the Cactus Café after an alleged money-saving decision announced at the end of January by the University Unions.
The venue, a small room on the University campus selling wine and beer, has featured an astonishing variety of America's finest singer-songwriters, many local, over the past 30 years, and Chip Taylor had been one of them. “ One of my favorite memories is my 1974 concert at Austin's Armadillo World Headquarters with Tom T. Hall,” Chip said. “Shortly after that revered place closed the Cactus Café opened its doors – with that same magical Armadillo vibe. When you walk into the Cactus, it's like going to church – actually better than that. For years, it's been one of my favorite places to play and I can't stand the thought of it closing its doors. It's way too important.” So he did the best thing he could think of: he wrote a song. Not only did he write it, he headed into the studio with a band consisting of fiddler Kendel Carson, guitarist John Platania, bassist David Jacques, and keyboardist Seth Farber and recorded it, and, with the addition of a half-dozen songs recorded on “Live Set,” a radio show broadcast on KUT-FM, the University of Texas' NPR station, earlier this year, has rushed it into print.
“Jesus Christ, Don't Let the Cactus Fall” will be released on Mar. 19 on Taylor's Train Wreck Records label, just in time for the 24 th annual South By Southwest Music and Media Conference (SXSW), which draws thousands of music business professionals and music lovers to the “Live Music Capital Of America” for five days of bands, beer, and barbeque. The single will be available exclusively at Austin's legendary Waterloo Records and through Chip's website ( www.trainwreckrecords.com ).
The Cactus Café is revered as one of America's leading “listening rooms,” and has paid host to innumerable touring artists such as Richard Thompson, Loudon Wainwright III, Patty Ryan and Chris Smither through the three decades of its existence, as well as nurturing the careers of dozens of famous Texas performers like Townes van Zandt, Guy Clark, Lucinda Williams, Alejandro Escovedo, Ray Wiley Hubbard, the Dixie Chicks, Robert Earl Keene, Darden Smith, Lyle Lovett and dozens more. The abrupt decision to close it caused an immediate uproar both from Austin's music community and from fans around the country and around the world who have come to regard it as a place where audiences actually listen to the music being played instead of drinking and chatting.
A Facebook group set up to protest the move drew over 8000 members virtually overnight, and, while the University has agreed to look at the decision, plans to shutter the Cactus remain intact.
“Jesus Christ, Don't Let the Cactus Fall” is not only a howl of protest, but a song in the great tradition of quickly-produced protest songs like Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's “Ohio” or Graham Nash's “War Song,” bringing attention to a situation in immediate need of correction. To sweeten the deal, live versions of six songs, mostly drawn from Taylor's most recent album Yonkers , N.Y. , have been added from the radio broadcast.
Chip Taylor 's career stretches back to Tin Pan Alley in the early 1960s. He wrote “Wild Thing” and “Angel of the Morning,” as well as songs recorded by Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Peggy Lee, Dusty Springfield, Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra, and the Hollies, but soon returned to playing the country music he'd played as a teenager in suburban Yonkers, New York. He has been one of the most influential and critically acclaimed figures in the American roots music scene and his 70's album Last Chance has been credited with helping to kick off the alt-country movement. “Jesus Christ, Don't Let the Cactus Fall” is a heartfelt thank-you to a place that helped put Chip Taylor where he is today.
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