WANT TO GO?
With Bruce Cockburn, Iris Dement, Brooke Waggoner, Trixie Whitley and Carrie Rodriguez
WHERE: Culture Center Theater
WHEN: 7 p.m. Sunday
TICKETS: Advance tickets $15, at the door $25
INFO: 800-549-TIXX or www.mountainstage.org
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Carrie Rodriguez said the devastation she's seen on television for parts of New York are difficult for her to look at. The Austin-based singer/songwriter called New York home for almost 10 years and said it's hard to look back.
"I moved there right after I finished school in Boston at Berklee," said Rodriguez, who performs on "Mountain Stage" Sunday. "I spent the last five years of that in Green Point, Brooklyn, which was affected by the storm. It was really heartbreaking and shocking watch those images of places I knew and streets where I walked being inundated by water."
She said it was hard to look at from a distance and strange to have a storm almost 2000 miles away threaten to upend your plans.
"Right after the storm, I was getting ready to do a gig with Chip Taylor in Sweden," she said. "Chip lives in Midtown, and he was supposed to fly out on the Wednesday following the storm. I was supposed to fly through Newark."
Hurricane Sandy grounded flights in the northeast.
"Chip made it out of New York," Ridriguez said. "It was kind of a miracle. There were eight flights out that left Newark that day, and he was on one of them. He's a lucky guy."
Rodriguez luck wasn't quite as good, but after about eight different flights, she finally made it to Sweden for the Mean Bastard Festival, which Taylor, Rodrgiuez said, sort of curates.
"In that part of Sweden," she explained, "the sun doesn't come up for two months, and so this festival is kind of a celebration of the coming of the dark."
The festival was really too fun a time for Rodriguez to miss, and it was an opportunity for her to perform again with her friend and mentor, Taylor.
Taylor, an occasional "Mountain Stage" guest himself, is best known for writing songs like "Wild Thing" (a 1965 hit for The Trogs) and "Angel of the Morning" (a hit for Merilee Rush and Juice Newton). He helped Rodriguez when she got started in music and encouraged her to go solo.