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, recorded with West Coast roots icon Ray Campi, swing masters Asleep At The Wheel, and rockabilly and riot grrl icons Janis Martin and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Wanda Jackson on the seminal (and thoroughly kick-ass) album The Rockabilly Filly. Rosie also raised funds for and produced the posthumous Janis Martin album The Blanco Sessions released in 2012.
We've been Rosie fan for-EVER. 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. She's also cracked the boys club full of preening DUDE guitar shredders. Her top-notch guitar playing is always revelatory. Tell her (or us) she plays good "for a girl" at your own peril---there are few out there who play with the mix of virtuosity and wild energy than she does.
And just for the record, August 31st, 2006 was declared "Rosie Flores Day" in Austin TX. Have YOU ever had a day named in your honor...?