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Spanspek Album Review: Carlos Rodriguez - Barely Breathing

What's the haps everyone!?  It feels like it's been forevers!  I drank two cups of coffee, and three sodas today!  LETS DO THIS!

Up on the docket this week is the solo album from Visalia CA guitar virtuoso Carlos Rodriguez!
Carlos Rodriguez
Barely Breathing (Available at shows & Marcela's Home Store, Visalia CA)

As one of the band leaders for latin fusion group Mezcal, Carlos Rodriguez has been burning up stages all over California with his brand of smooth guitar for years.  With Barely Breathing, Rodriguez takes center stage, offering his own take on the Supernatural style collaborative album with a string of cover songs and original compositions.

For most of the album, Rodriguez acts as generous host, content to sit back and let others have their moment in the spotlight, as in the cool rendition of Jorge Ben track "Mas Que Nada", where Rodriguez adds suave jazz tones to Hope Garcia's midnight take on the bossa nova classic.  The album is at its best though when Rodriguez is at the forefront.  On album closer "Soul Sauce" Rodriguez glides his way through vamping congas and vibraphone, as if performing was as natural as breathing.  It's a standout track that's guaranteed to get the crowd moving.
To listen to the album, visit Rodriguez's Soundcloud page.  And be sure to make the effort to check out his many other great projects:

Mezcal
Lance Canales & the Flood

Thanks and we'll see you soon with more reviews!

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