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Rose announces new CD

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."

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We Still Go to Rodeos CD review - We Still Go to Rodeos
Until recently, Whitney Rose's life has been one of transition, beginning in the idyllic environs of Canada's Prince Edward Island, and continuing through her move to Toronto and eventually Nashville where she found her true purpose. Following on the heels of a pair of well-received releases - her 2017 EP "South Texas Suite," which found her working with Raul Malo and The Mavericks, and, later that year, "Rule 62," which also featured Malo as her co-producer and »»»
South Texas Suite CD review - South Texas Suite
Whitney Rose firmly establishes herself as a worthy member of the Margo Price and Kacey Musgraves School of Country. There is far more to the connection than Rose sporting a bouffant on the cover. What you're going to hear is what some folks refer to as "real country," aka traditional country. If looking for blaring guitars, drums pounding and singalong anthems, Rose is not going to cut it for you. That's certainly not what this Canadian-born , Austin-based singer is about. »»»
Heartbreaker of the Y ear CD review - Heartbreaker of the Y ear
On her second album, crooner Whitney Rose, who grew up learning to love classic country like Hank Williams in her grandparents' bar on Prince Edward Island, Canada, where she also got her first listen to The Mavericks and other rock and pop-inflected country. On "Heartbreaker of the Year," she calls on the talents of The Mavs' lead singer Raul Malo to produce as well as backing her on guitar, percussion and vocals. She assembled a group of stellar musicians to back her on this »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: The Lil Smokies provide the perfect antidote – On a night when the world to be falling further apart thanks to coronavirus (this would be the night the NBA postponed the season), there stood The Lil Smokies to at least in some small measure save the day. The quintet is part of a generation of musicians with bluegrass as the basis, but not totally the sum of the music either.... »»»
Concert Review: White makes the case for himself, no matter how dark the music – John Paul White opined with a glint in his eyes that his songs were not of the uplifting variety. In fact, they were downright dark. How else to explain "The Long Way" with the line "long way home back to you." Or "James," a song inspired by his grandfather who suffered from dementia. But lest you think that the Alabama... »»»
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