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Rosie Flores

Hometown: Austin, TX

"In a better world, Rosie Flores would be a major star, given her estimable skills as a guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist, and the truth is there are plenty of roots rockers who have enjoyed more lucrative careers with far less to offer musically." -Allmusic.com

Forget Taylor, never mind Miranda. Little girls out there who just want to pick up a guitar and rock like the boys need not look any further for a role model than Rosie Flores.” – Yahoo Music

"Flores can belt with the best of ‘em and wields her token blue guitar with deadly precision… she's is an all-around force. – Oxford American

"An important artist who should not be overlooked."--Huffington Post

Rosie Flores is one of those musical treasures that lurk beneath the popular "culture" radar and we ignore at our own peril lest they get discouraged and disappear, only to be "discovered" by Sweden or somewhere.  (No offense, we love you Sweden!) Then we are left to scratch our heads and say "Hey, why didn't WE love her first?"  Here's your chance.

Beginning in the late 70s with her rockabilly punk band the Screamin' Sirens, Rosie Flores has been crafting a pioneering career in the roots underground. She was an integral part of the LA New Traditionalist scene that gave rise to Dwight Yoakam and Los Lobos; toured with Flatlander Butch Hancock; and recorded with west coast roots icon Ray Campi, swing masters Asleep At The Wheel, and rockabilly and riot grrl icons Janis Martin and recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Wanda Jackson. Rosie also raised funds for and produced the posthumous Janis Martin album The Blanco Sessions released in the summer of 2012

We'd catch her every time we possibly could over the years.  She'd tear the roof off Fitzgerald's in Berwyn, or the Continental in Austin, or wherever our paths crossed.  Her top-notch guitar playing is always revelatory.

Always in the back of our scheming little minds, we'd think of ways to get her to let us put out her music.  That time has arrived.

And just for the record, August 31st, 2006 was declared "Rosie Flores Day" in Austin TX.  Bet YOU'VE never had a day named in your honor...

COMPILATION TRACKS:

"In The Middle of a Heartache" on Hard-Headed Woman: A Celebration of Wanda Jackson

"Red, Red Robin" on The Bottle Let Me Down

"I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive" on the Pine Valley Cosmonauts' album"The Executioner's Last Songs"

 

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