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Rosie Flores goes her own way

Johnny D's, Somerville, Mass., May 5, 2004

By Jeffrey B. Remz

SOMERVILLE, MA - Rosie Flores is going her own way in more ways than one. First off, she started her own record label, Durango Rose, meaning she is in control of her own fate instead of leaving it in the hands of the record labels.

And Flores now has hit the road solo with acoustic or electric guitar in hand promoting her CD, "Single Rose," recorded live in Nashville where she now lives and just about to drop.

Flores, with a light, adept voice, shows she's none the worse for wear a few decades into her career.

Once upon a time, Flores was actually a punk rocker in the Screaming Sirens, but country has been her bag for many years.

And that may be just as well because she has a voice in concert that's easy to listen to, pleasant and getting into the lyrics with a sense of emotion and ownership of the words she writes. Several songs were sung at least partly in Spanish, also a nice touch.

Flores started by looking back with "Palamino Days" about the famed Los Angeles area club that was a country hotspot for many years.

Flores remained seated and acoustic for awhile (while seemingly intended, Flores said afterwards she was suffering from sciatica and sitting made it more comfortable. Doing so also made for perhaps a warmer intimacy with the crowd of about 75) lending background to some songs.

She also had a sense of humor with "Aromatherapy Cowgirl," an interesting combo if such person actually exists. Flores later spiced up the 95-minute set by going electric. That was a smart move because it added a bit much punch to songs and just offered more diversity, such as on the bluesy closing song "Somebody's Someone."

Wile mainly offering her own songs, she also did a few good covers of "Love Me Tender," which she said was one of her favorites, Merle Haggard's "Cowboys and Outlaws" and "Country Boy," performed by Johnny Cash.

Flores said she hoped to be back with band maybe later this year, but for this evening Flores alone was more than enough.

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