CD review: Rodrigo y Gabriela – Live in France

Live in France is the latest release from Rodrigo y Gabriela, a globe-trotting, genre-blending guitar duo from Mexico City. I first heard the group perform on David Letterman’s show a few years ago, picked up their 2006 self-titled release, and was hooked.

This new eleven-cut release is culled from five different stops on their recent tour in support of their 2009 studio album, 11:11. For all the excitement and commitment I attributed to myself in the previous paragraph, I actually lost track of these two after their self-titled album, so my ears had plenty of catching up to do when listening to this new album. Rodrigo y Gabriela have a signature sound, and longtime fans will immediately recognize the group on this release even if they too have fallen of the wagon, but they also will recognize the musical growth of these two over the last five years. Keep reading…