Thursday, February 13, 2020
– Whitney Rose will be out with "We Still Go to Rodeos" on April 24 on her own artist/management-run record label, MCG.
Produced by Paul Kolderie, whose resume includes Radiohead, Uncle Tupelo, Pixies, Toots & Maytals, Hole and Morphine, the disc contains 12 songs, all penned by Rose. The songs are said to be influenced by Lucinda Williams, Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, and Jerry Jeff Walker.
"I draw from a lot of different influences, but I'd like to think there's a certain uniqueness in my work," Rose said. "I don't want to make the same album over and over again and this one is no different. I'm not changing styles or redirecting my career as much as I'm expanding on avenues that I've explored previously. Maybe it's because I heard Marty Stuart call Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers the best country band of all time, and I got excited. In any case, this record has some distinct differences in production style and instrumental focus from previous works and I'm proud of the outcome."
Gurf Morlix (Lucinda Williams, Warren Zevon etc.), drummer Lisa Pankratz (Dave Alvin, Billy Joe Shaver, Hayes Carll), bassist Brad Fordham (Jerry Jeff Walker, Dave Alvin), guitarists Dave Leroy Biller (Texas Playboys, Deke Dickerson, Hunt Sales) and Rich Brotherton (Robert Earl Keen, Ronnie Lane, Ian McLagan) all play on the album.
Surrounded by the sounds of country music while growing up in Canada, when she was old enough she picked up a guitar, Rose started learning other people's songs and left home to pursue music. She became a regular at a club called the Cameron House in Toronto, which, at the time, happened to be launching its own record label. Cameron House gave her opportunity to release her first two albums - an eponymous debut in 2012 and the Raul Malo-produced "Heartbreaker of the Year" in 2015.
Rose later signed with Six Shooter Records after relocating to Austin in 2015. She recalls rolling into that city for the first time at 2 a.m., going straight to bed and then meeting a new band the next morning. She and the musicians rehearsed all day and made their debut at the city's Continental Club later that evening. That led to a residency that was slated to last two months. She still plays at the Continental Club weekly when her touring schedule allows.
Rose self-produced the 2017 EP "South Texas Suite," recorded as an ode to her new home, and found herself working with Malo (and The Mavericks) again when Malo reprised his role as producer for her next LP, "Rule 62," released later that same year.
"I feel like I'm in a good place with the release of this record," she said. "I haven't done everything I'd like to do in my career, but I'm very grateful to look behind me and see that I've steadily - albeit slowly - climbed upwards and achieved some of my goals. As far as I can tell, no music career or road to success is ever the same as another."
"Mine hasn't been perfect by any stretch, but when I think about it so far, I never find myself wishing it were different. I'm proud of my output as a songwriter, I'm proud to have had the opportunity to perform in so many places around the world, and I'm extremely humbled and grateful to have worked with so many artists I admire along the way."