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With her friend and mentor Raul Malo co-producing, and a studio band drawn from the Mavericks, Jayhawks, and Asleep at the Wheel, Canadian-born, Austin-based Whitney Rose doubles up on the retro country-pop highlighted on 2015’s Heartbreaker of the Year. Across nine originals, and covers of “Tied to the Wheel” and “You’re a Mess,” Rose plugs into '70s country vibes, girl group sounds and, on “Can’t Stop Shakin’,” a deep soul groove. There’s an echo of Danny O’Keefe’s “Goodtime Charlie’s Got the Blues” in the downbeat mood of “You Never Cross My Mind,” and the rolling rhythm of the bittersweet “Trucker’s Funeral” suggests John Hartford’s “Gentle on My Mind.”
Rose is decisive as she leaves behind the wreckage of failed romances, and definitively cuts the ties that bind. She leaves without anger, and though hardened by experience, the emotional toll still leaves her numb and, on the Brill Building-worthy “Better to My Baby,” remorseful. Malo pops up throughout the album, singing harmony on “You Don’t Scare Me” and adding terrific guitar leads along with ace Kenny Vaughn. Malo and co-producer Niko Bolas showcase Rose’s vocal charms while also giving the musicians and songs room to shine. Chris Scruggs’ steel, Aaron Till’s fiddle and Jen Gunderman’s piano and organ are perfectly staged, and Rose is commanding as she eases herself into songs whose classic tones belie their originality.
"A SULTRY COUNTRY CLASSICIST WITH A TREMBLE IN HER VOICE, WHITNEY ROSE IS PARTIAL TO THE MAGISTERIAL GESTURES OF THE 1950S AND 1960S." – NEW YORK TIMES
"PLAYFULLY CROONS THROUGH TALES OF LOVE AND MISCHIEF WITH GIRLISH BREATH AND DEVILISH TWANG." – ROLLING STONE
"ROSE NAILED THIS CONCOCTION OF JOINING THE PURER SIDES OF POP AND COUNTRY. THE MOST EXCITING PART IS SEEING WHERE SHE GOES NEXT." – AMERICAN SONGWRITER
"WHITNEY ROSE’S VOICE SOUNDS LIKE IT'S COMIN' ON OUT OF A TIME MACHINE IN RCA’S STUDIO B IN NASHVILLE CIRCA 1960. HER SONGWRITING BLENDS VINTAGE R&B AND RETRO COUNTRY." — MAGNET
- “FOLLOWING IN THE TRADITION OF PATTI GRIFFITH, ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO, JOE ELY, AND OTHERS WHO USE PLACE AS AN ESSENTIAL ELEMENT OF THEIR MUSIC. THAT PLACE COULD BE EAST TEXAS, WEST TEXAS, HOUSTON, OR DALLAS—IT’S A BIG STATE THAT CONTAINS MULTITUDES—BUT ONE THAT IS QUINTESSENTIALLY TEXAS.” – POPMATTERS
- “THE SOUND THE YOUNG SINGER-SONGWRITER HAS CRAFTED FOR HERSELF IS ENTIRELY TEXAN TWANG.” – ROLLING STONE
- “IMAGES OF BLUEBONNETS, BOOTS, BANDS, AND OLD RECORDS FILL THE SONGS, EVERY ONE CONJURING A DISTINCT TEXAS TRADITION.” – ALL MUSIC
- “THIS SOUNDS LIKE VINTAGE TEXAS MUSIC, AND ROSE SERVES IT UP WITH ÉLAN.” – TEXAS MUSIC MAGAZINE
- “READY-MADE FOR PACKING A CENTRAL TEXAS DANCE HALL.” – AUSTIN CHRONICLE
"SULTRY, DYNAMIC, SPICY IN THE WAY IT SLIDES BETWEEN STYLES YET CONTINUES FORWARD COHESIVELY, HEARTBREAKER OF THE YEAR IS QUITE THE EXHIBITION OF WHITNEY’S TALENTS." – SAVING COUNTRY MUSIC
Doors open at 6:45 pm, music approx. 8 pm
This is an all ages show
Advanced seating reservations highly recommended.
Note: parties of 3 or less may be seated with other parties of 3 or less based on availability.
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