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Rosie Flores

Dance Hall Dreams – 1999 (Rounder)

Reviewed by Rick Teverbaugh

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If all dance halls featured this type of music, there would be standing room only crowds every night. Rosie Flores is best known in rockabilly circles as much for her distinctive guitar stylings as for her absolutely-perfect-for-the-genre vocals. But this disc reveals much more about her versatility as a performer than any previous release.

Sure, she still has a few bits of that 'Billy Filly in her repertoire, but she also slows way down for a quiet, thoughtful tribute to her father, "Who's Gonna Fix It Now," a song so versatile that many people will be able to find Dad amongst the lyrics. She also blows the lid off with some rousing numbers like "Bring It On," written and sung with Radney Foster and "Funnel Of Love," the only one of the 12 songs not at least co-written by Flores.

The material was recorded live in a small club, and some songs end with applause from the audience. But all songs were also taken into the studio for fine tuning. The result is a disc sounding both fresh from the live playing and precise from the studio add-ons. This outing is her finest work top to bottom.