The press continues sending us mash notes over Rosie Flores' new album Working Girl's Guitar.
The Austin (TX) Chronicle and Yahoo Music did a full on interviews/ features with her, full of in depth history about her career, as well as Rosie's pivotal role in bringing Wanda Jackson and Janis Martin out of retirement (read the Chronicle's review of the Rosie-produced, posthumously released Janis record HERE).
And, being long time Rosie freaks, we thought we knew it all, BUT in the Austin piece, she talks about how her teenage band opened for the Turtles and Creedence Clearwater Revival! Holy Shit! That's pretty dang cool.
Rosie Flores' new album is out and the scribes be lovin' it. AND she recently took part in the star-studded Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tribute to Chuck Berry.
Check out Rolling Stone calling her out:
"San Antonio rockabilly singer Rosie Flores was one of the most impressive acts of the evening, performing endearing, country-flavored takes on "No Particular Place to Go" and "You Never Can Tell." Flores was also the only performer brave enough to playfully attempt a duck walk."
Read the whole piece HERE
Also rolling in this week are:
--interview with Rosie in Exclaim (Canada). Read it HERE
Wow, it's the end of the day! The end of the week! Crazy day AND everyone's putting together their Big Bird Halloween costumes.
So we're combining news bits, sue us (not really, please).
It's got stories about the songs, her career and all the geeky gear talk guitarists lapse into at the drop of hat...er...pick AND a couple of embedded videos.
"From rollicking down and dirty fun to touching, heartfelt song, Working Girl’s Guitar is Rosie to the core. Sassy, classy and ready to kick ass-y (Did I really say that!?). It’s Rosie’s fault. She’s got me all riled up."
NEXT: Graham Parker's interview in SLATE magazine HERE. GP talks about making a movie with Judd Apatow, the Rumour reunion and Glenn Beck. At least he didn't make a movie with Glenn Beck. There's some embedded video of some vintage Rumour ("Local Girls") and some streaming new music.
FINALLY, after frequent and persistant (but well-meaning) badgering by lots of you folks, we got in new printings of the FIREWATER LOGO T and the LYDIA LOVELESS Gasoline Logo T's for your sartorial needs.
Carry on with your weekend,
Tuesday was RELEASE DAY for Rosie Flores' new album Working Girl's Guitar. We celebrated in the office by cranking the sucker up and prancing about in our snazziest cowboy boots and drinking Lone Star beer. Well, it was actually beat up tennis shoes and some of JP's fine homemade brew, but still...
Anyway, the writerly types out there have already taken a shine to it.
We've pulled some of the coolest quotations and put them on the album page, but if you want to read the full length, more in-depth examinations of this fine record, dig into some of the best:
We hope these'll convince you to pick it up..
ROSIE FLORES will discuss the late rockabilly legend JANIS MARTIN and Janis' just-released final album The Blanco Sessions on NPR's Weekend Edition with host Rachel Martin this Sunday, September 30 at 9:45 a.m eastern time
Janis Martin was one of the few female recording artists working in the male-dominated rockabilly field in the 1950s. Nicknamed "the female Elvis" for her dance moves, the Sutherland, Va. native, born in 1940, recorded a number of singles for RCA Victor and Pallette from 1956 to 1961. Her first single, "Will You Willyum" b/w "Drugstore Rock n Roll" (covered by Rosie on her upcoming album Working Girl's Guitar), sold more than 750,000 copies, landing her national TV appearances. In 1960, her husband demanded she leave music. But she returned in the '70s, and in 1995 made a guest appearance on Rosie Flores' Rockabilly Filly album.
It's here that the saga of Janis Martin's farewell album, The Blanco Sessions, began. The Blanco Sessions, produced by Flores and Bobby Trimble, was released on Cow Island Music on September 18, 2012.
The title track of Rosie Flores' new album Working Girl's Guitar is streaming on MTV Hive.
As they say: "Few album-openers more effectively assert the artist’s identity than the title track to Rosie Flores’ new solo album, Working Girl’s Guitar. The song is an up-front, declarative statement of purpose, from its surf-inspired opening riff to Flores’ strong voice belting out the lines, “I’m a working girl’s guitar / playing towns / travel far” — a fair summation of the life of the 61-year-old guitar slinger who sings the words."
Have a listen HERE, and look for the album in stores and on online on October 16th
• We're pleased to announce that Lydia Loveless will be a featured guest and performer on the nationally-syndicated rock-n-roll talk show, Sound Opinions. The episode starts airing on Friday, July 27 -- but go to the Sound Opinions website to see when it will air on your local station that weekend. (UPDATE: Listen to it here!)
• Justin Townes Earle will curate two evenings of music entitled "In the Spirit of Woody Guthrie" on October 26th and 27th at Pace University / Pace Presents Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts in New York, NY. Marking Guthrie's centennial celebration, the nights will also feature music from Joe Pug, The Low Anthem and John McCauley of Deer Tick. For ticket information, visit the Pace online box office.
• The final album from rockabilly legend Janis Martin will finally get its audience, thanks in part to our own rockabilly filly, Rosie Flores. Rosie is also currently writing to follow up to her Bloodshot debut, Girl of the Century.
• Whitey Morgan and the 78s are pounding the hot pavement this summer, and gathering some great press, including this solid review from the Washington Post and this feature from Creative Loafing.
The title sez it all. The Rockabilly Filly will be singing back up during Los Lobos' appearance on the Tonight Show this Wednesday (8/11).
Gives you a reason to watch the show...
Ain't that the way of the world? Just before hitting the road to do some dates with Jon Langford, Rosie had a bit of an accident at home and broke her arm. For an amazing guitar player, a broken arm is a bit of a problem.
Thus, she has had to cancel this week's shows in the midwest. Jon Langford will soldier on in Berwyn and Springfield, but alas St Louis will have to wait.
Dates in May we're gonna see about. Stay tuned.
Sorry about that. We'll get her back to Chicago and St Louis and beyond as soon as she can feed herself again.