While their significant individual accomplishments are also profiled here, Chip Taylor and Carrie Rodriguez also collaborated for several magical albums. Their respective performing talents meshed perfectly, Taylor’s weary wisdom brightened by Rodriguez’ piercing desire and punctuated by her flawless fiddle. An essential New Yorker and journeyman musician, Taylor became a Texas songwriter for a while, and Rodriguez’ songwriting skills blossomed through their association.
Many of their songs, notably the devastating “I Need a Wall”, play with the charged notion of the “May/December” romance. Most, however, are simply stunning observations of life and love that will grab you and won’t let go.