Yesterday I took a flyer on the new record by the eponomously named duo Rodrigo y Gabriela, and boy am I glad I did. Wow! What a great album. While I’m not a flamenco guitar nut, these songs are just too good not to like. The album contains some great original tunes as well a clichÃ©d, but enjoyable, flamenco version of Stairway to Heaven. The album was originally released as an import on Rubyworks Records, but is available domestically on ATO, which is Dave Matthews’ imprint (and also home to My Morning Jacket). Not so coincidentally, the album was produced by the artists themselves and John Leckie who has also worked with MMJ.
According to their MySpace page, the album went to no.1 on the Irish charts (beating out such luminaries as the Arctic Monkeys and Johnny Cash). Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero will be making their way to Joe’s Pub on August 7. This is a must see show. The North American tour dates are as follows:
08/07 – Joes Pub – New York, NY
08/09 – The Independent – San Francisco, CA
08/10 – Echo – Los Angeles, CA
08/12 – Edmonton Folk Festival – Edmonton, AB
08/13 – Edmonton Folk Festival – Edmonton, AB