Carrie Rodriguez - Lola: A terrific samba feel
Singer-songwriter Carrie Rodriguez explores her Mexican heritage to winning effect on this, her sixth studio album.
Inspired by the recordings made in the Forties by her great aunt, Eva Garza, the album, which is sung in English, Spanish and what Rodriguez dubs "Spanglish", is reminiscent in many ways to Kirsty MacColl's brilliant cultural crossover album, Tropical Brainstorm.
Lola, produced by Lee Townsend, features the Sacred Hearts, which includes guitarist Bill Frisell, with Viktor Krauss on bass, Luke Jacobs on pedal steel and guitars, David Pulkingham on electric guitar and Brannen Temple on drums.
Renowned vocalist Raul Malo is also a guest.
Lola has a terrific samba feel, which would go down a storm on the dance floors of Rio, Mexico City and Havana.
But it would no doubt work equally well in some of London's trendy nightspots. Check out Perfidia, I Dreamed I Was Lola Beltran, and Noche De Ronda, while dreaming of far off climes and letting your feet do the talking to Rodriguez's thrilling rhythms.