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Red Dog Tracks

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Recorded over three days at New York's Avatar Studios, 'Red Dog Tracks' consists largely of first and second takes, capturing the natural chemistry between the two musicians. In addition to fan favorite "Son of Man," the poetic "Big Moon Shinin'," and the gospel-inspired "Oh Set A Light," 'Red Dog Tracks' includes the duo's spirited takes on Clarence Williams' "My Bucket's Got A Hole In It" and Hank Williams' lonesome "I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You)." Backed by Jim Whitney (bass), Kenney Wollesen (drums) and Frisell's understated accompaniment, the band perfectly compliments Taylor's poignant songwriting, his earthy singing, and Rodriguez's sultry vocals. Narada. 2005.

1. Must Be The Whiskey
2. Keep Your Hat On Jenny
3. Big Moon Shinin'
4. Oh Set A Light
5. Once Again, One Day...Will You Be Mine
6. Private Thoughts
7. My Bucket's Got A Hole In It
8. The Wonder Of You
9. I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You)
10. Red Dog Tracks
11. Elzick's Farewell
12. Son Of Man
13. Jenny Reprise

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 24, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Back Porch/Train Wreck Records
  • ASIN: B00094ASV8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,500 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By David T. Steere, Jr. on May 28, 2005
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This may be the best cd of the year. Chip Taylor seems to be able to write really great, moving, uber-romantic, unusual and original songs in his sleep. I don't know how he does it, but I suspect this partnership with Carrie is fueling the creative fires. I can't even begin to do justice with my words to the marvels of this record. Not one less than fine song and mostly magnificent ones. So, a few quick comments.

Chip has mastered the conversational song and the harmony song. On many numbers here, Chip and Carrie alternate verses as if having a conversation and then sing together on the choruses. This works beautifully--most notably on "Private Thoughts" and and "Red Dog Tracks" (the quality of the latter increased by its mysterious, "Ode to Billie Joe," storyline). When singing in harmony, no duo does it better. They must read each others' thoughts--as many of the song lyrics describe--to achieve such sympathetic vocals. This odd coupling--a beautiful young Texas fiddler with a lovely, expressive voice and a twang as thick as molasses and a much, much older world weary scribe who talks his words as often as he sings them--has evolved to some sort of perfection--almost as if lovers (again, read the lyrics) or at least musical lovers.

Chip's (and sometimes Carrie's) amazing way with words is obvious everywhere. For example,

(her) I'M A SOFT PINK ROSE -- CLINGING TO THE VINE

WAITIN' FOR YOU TO -- PICK ME OFF

(him) I AM THOSE RED DROPS ON YOUR HAND -- THAT LITTLE SPILL OF WINE

COME ON -- JUST KISS ME OFF (from "Big Moon Shinin')

HERE WE ARE TOGETHER -- NO MORE PRIVATE THOUGHTS ...
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Smallchief on August 29, 2005
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This is the most original CD I've encountered this year. Chip Taylor is a seasoned songwriter, guitar and harmonica player, and a singer of sorts. Carrie Rodriguez is young and plays violin and sings. She bears comparison with Allison Krauss but they differ. Allison has a heavenly voice and violin, but Carrie has a nasal twang and edgy violin style.

Chip and Carrie are excellent in unison and they have created a CD with a sound all its own, about 50 percent folk and 50 percent bluegrass/country -- if it must be fitted into a genre. The oddest song on the album is an instrumental, "Elzick's Farewell," which sounds a bit like Ravi Shankar playing acid grass. My favorite tune is "Keep your Hat on Jennie." It's a toe-tapper -- and they reprise it with some fancy guitar, harmonica, and fiddle playing. Eccentricity goes a little overboard on the Hank Williams tune, "I Can't Help It" which has a scratchy background in imitation of early-day vinyl recordings. I could do without the scratch, though it's a good song.

Chip sings lead on most songs and carries the rhythm with his quick acoustic guitar and harmonica. Carrie chimes in with her stronger and more distinctive voice and a strong violin. The result is unpredictable music that fools you with its quick twists and turns and powerful harmonies. Some tracks feature banjo and electric guitar. All combine to make this a most agreeable, interesting, and downright exciting CD. I can hardly wait to buy their other CDs.

Smallchief
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Van DeLisle on November 7, 2005
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Last weekend I had the pleasure of seeing Chip and Carrie once again at the Old Town School of Folk Music. When I first saw them about two years ago I was startled at how well they sang together. Listening now to them sing "Once Again, One Day...Will You Be Mine' is an unbelievable experience. Jaw-dropping and shiver-inducing. I only wish they were the headliners so they could've had more time. (I stayed for the second show too.) The story that Chip tells about how he saw Carrie for the first time just playing fiddle and when he asked her if she could sing she said 'No' just seems unreal when she starts singing on stage. This is truly some of the prettiest and sexiest music I've ever heard. Wow.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Rene M. Passarieu Jr. on May 26, 2005
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If you've heard the hype about Chip and Carrie, it's basically for real. This new album, Red Dog Tracks, at it's best, is downright erotic, but the covers are unnecessary as are the instrumental and reprise of Keep Your Hat On Jenny at the end.

It seems a little slicker than the last one too, maybe because they're on a major label now.

So, there are about 7 or 8 great new songs that make the purchase worth it, but if you're like me, you'll be programming around some of the filler.

Buy it, but just know that their second CD, The Trouble With Humans, had no filler and better songs, so pick that one up too!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. Foster on September 29, 2005
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If you're reading this review, you're probably the sort of listener who appreciates Chip and Carrie's kind of music (folk-country-bluegrass?), so stop your dithering and buy the darned album. While you're at it, in fact, buy the whole catalogue (Angel of the Morning, Let's Leave This Town, The Trouble With Humans)-- then you won't have to buy them one by one as I did and wait several days in between each purchase. These CD's have barely left my stereo since I heard Chip and Carrie featured on NPR a few months ago. Their beautiful harmonizing and laid-back singing will captivate you. Many of the songs are painfully, heart-breakingly lovely. Chip's soulful, well-worn voice blends exquisitely with Carrie's sweet Texas twang. You won't regret buying this or any other Chip and Carrie album.
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