Over the eight years since her debut album, Patricia Vonne has proven herself a truly ascendant and transcendent musical artist. In the same fashion as her lyrically and stylistically multilingual sound melds and soars above a rainbow of genres and musical flavors, Vonne has also handily crossed geographic borders, rising to popularity across Europe while also establishing herself as one of Austin, Texas rising musical stars.
On her fourth release, ‘Worth It,’ Vonne continues to expand and enrich her creativity to compelling and stunning effect. Her energetic and haunting title tale of empathy for a dear plagued friend opens the set, which wraps up with a twangy country-rock punch on the cheeky ‘Gin and Platonic.’ Vonne captures the full-blooded passions of the many moods of love on the airy border rocker ‘Truth Awakening,’ the simmering ‘Castle Walls’ and the Texas honky-tonk dancer ‘Love is a Bounty’ (the first song she ever wrote). And she makes the power of prayer mesmeric on the bilingual ‘La Lomita de Santa Cruz,’ which pays tribute to the faith of her great-great-grandfather. Vonne’s trademark flamenco rock and roll resonates through the Spanish-language ‘Fuente Vaqueros’ and ‘El Marinero y La Sirena’ (The Sailor and The Mermaid).
‘Worth It’ is the third album Vonne has recorded with noted Austin producer Carl Thiel, who has proven a perfect musical and spiritual recording guide thanks to his youth growing up in Mexico City. It features her band of drummer Dony Wynn (who has toured and recorded with stars like Robert Palmer and Brooks & Dunn, among many others) and bassist Scott Garber (whose many credits include work with Giant Sand, The Indigo Girls, Timbuk 3, Alejandro Escovedo, The Silos, The Sidewinders/Sand Rubies and Ronnie Lane, to name some but hardly all). Rick Del Castillo of Austin’s Del Castillo brings his wondrous gut-string flamenco guitar playing to the mix, San Antonio’s Joe Reyes burns on electric guitar, and Austin pop-rock maestro Darin Murphy wails on harmonica. And Vonne’s original New York band shows their stuff on the final track. Together they all create true Texas music for the world.
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Vonne’s heartfelt and sure-footed artistry was nurtured in a large, loving and creative family of 10 children — including her acclaimed filmmaker brother Robert Rodriguez — in which she was reared on “my mother’s music and my brothers’ record collections,” she explains. While living in New York City in the 1990s, she began making music as a bassist and harmony singer and writing songs before meeting and marrying Robert LaRoche, once of New York band The Sighs and stepping into the spotlight as an artist in her own right. Along the way, Vonne made her mark on the silver screen playing Dallas in ‘Sin City’ as well as a part in ‘Spy Kids’.
The release of ‘Worth It’ finds Vonne embarking on her 18th tour of Europe where her stage-scorching live shows have found her many fans. Patricia will be bringing her tour to the UK’s shores this July playing at Borderline, London on July 26th, King Tut’s, Glasgow on July 29th and The Band Room, North Yorkshire on July 30th.Her fusion of native Latino spirit, guitar rock, and mesmerizing live performances, makes the shows very hot tickets indeed.
For the young girl of yore who would have loved nothing more than to make music when she grew up, Vonne’s career has been ‘Worth It’ indeed (one reason why the new album strives to give back to others through lyrics and music from her great big warm heart). “It’s been more than a dream come true,” marvels Vonne. “And it keeps getting better.”