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A HONKY-TONKIN’ ODE TO AUTONOMY:
AMERICAN SONGWRITER PREMIERES NEW SOng "MY BOOTS"
September 14th, 2016
This year, Whitney Rose’s road to AmericanaFest starts in Travis County, Texas, where Rose has settled and recorded a new song, “My Boots,” that speaks to self-acceptance.
“My Boots” is a boot-stomping tune that shows the lighter side of Rose's songwriting. “While it’s ostensibly just about wearing whatever the hell you wanna wear,” Rose says. “It’s also about embracing the quirks and flaws that make you, you.” Rose walks the walk in her custom cactus and rose Liberty cowboy boots, a sparkly nod to her identity. Both are fitting symbols - Rose is no wilting flower, and “My Boots” contains a barbed message about intolerance and autonomy in the defiant feminist spirit of “You Don’t Own Me.”
Rose made a buzzy AmericanaFest debut last year, and “My Boots” shows the emerging talent has not been resting on any laurels since. The song is the first new music since Heartbreaker of the Year, an album that put Whitney on the Americana map.
“My Boots” features country music royalty Redd Volkaert (Merle Haggard) and Earl Poole Ball (Johnny Cash) trading solos over the Waylon-esque groove.
A sultry country classicist with a tremble in her voice, Whitney Rose is partial to the magisterial gestures of the 1950s and 1960s. And so for her stately second album, “Heartbreaker of the Year” (Cameron House), she enlisted the Mavericks, keepers of that era’s flame, for backup duty, and its frontman, the silky Raul Malo, as producer. Apart from two covers, Ms. Rose wrote all the songs here, and she is gifted with the eccentric detail: On “The Last Party,” a sweet Dusty Springfield-esque waltz, she implores friends to “go cover every jukebox, smash all the guitars,” and on the title track, she muses, “You must have taken a class in fading away.” Ms. Rose can be a slightly reserved singer, but it’s in those moments that the Mavericks come in handy, playing vintage country with high viscosity. And when Mr. Malo steps in to duet, like on “The Last Party” or the Ronettes cover “Be My Baby,” the two achieve a melancholy twinkle much like the one between George Jones and Tammy Wynette.
- THE NEW YORK TIMES
"Whitney Rose, who hails from the remote Canadian outpost of Prince Edward Island but sounds like someone who discovered classic country crooners like Patsy Cline and George Jones with enough years and miles in between to mold an original yet suitably vintage spin. Malo brought glints of his Tejano touch to her newest release, Heartbreaker of the Year, which playfully croons through tales of love and mischief with girlish breath and devilish twang.” —ROLLING STONE COUNTRY
“Rose and Malo have nailed this concoction of joining the purer sides of pop and country. The most exciting part is seeing where she goes next." —AMERICAN SONGWRITER
"Her writing is first rate, and she is really fucking good at her instrument.” —POPMATTERS
“Whtney Rose’s voice sounds like is comin on out of a time machine in RCA’s Studio B in Nashcille circa 1960. Her songwriting blends vintage R&B and retro country.” —MAGNET
"Stark and sultry, here Rose hits heartache right between the eyes. With a croon that wraps dances perfectly between plaintive guitar riffs, the Rose skillfully delivers classic country magic.” —GUITAR WORLD—ACOUSTIC NATION
"Whitney Rose is a Canadian country singer and songwriter in love with the countrypolitan era. For her, the Nashville of Peggy Lee, Patsy Cline Dolly Parton, and new traditionalists Keith Whitley and Patty Loveless still exists. Her acclaimed self-titled 2012 debut displayed that to some degree, butHeartbreaker of the Year proves it definitively. 4 stars” —ALL MUSIC
"The Toronto-based singer-songwriter’s sophomore release is a whole heap of fun, filled with songs that recall an earlier age when country and pop were blended to perfection. Rose injects a healthy dose of her own charm and personality into the mix.” —TWANGVILLE
"Rose calls her style 'vintage-pop-infused neo-traditional country,' and that’s pretty close to the mark. You won’t be surprised to learn that this sultry-voiced Canadian singer grew up listening to the likes of Hank Williams and Patsy Cline—or that this second album features backup by the Mavericks, who share her penchant for combining country with a strong pop sensibility.”—NO DEPRESSION
"Her self-titled debut hinted at retro proclivities, but Malo and guitarist Nichol Robertson really lay on the atmosphere, and Rose really luxuriates in tempos and backing vocal washes that amplify the romance of her material.” —HYPERBOLIUM / NO DEPRESSION
"What's up with Canada? How do so many artists from there tap so directly into the heart of American music, especially Nashville-bound sounds? Whitney Rose sings like she's got Tennessee in her blood. Instead, she got hooked on the music in her grandparents' bar on Prince Edward Island, and has chased it ever since.” —THE MORTON REPORT (TMR) / Bentley’s Bandstand
"For fans looking for country music that’s real and from the heart and, most importantly to them, actually resembles country music, Whitney Rose’s Heartbreaker of the Year is an album they cannot look past.” —ROUGHSTOCK
"Heartbreaker of the Year is a blend of high-class honky-tonk and lush ‘60s pop that explores the feelings of love, heartbreak and desire with sounds inspired by the past but which remain as fresh as a flower thanks to Rose’s vulnerable but confident vocals.” —AXS EXAMINER
"Heartbreaker of the Year is as cool as country comes - an intoxicating round of tequila shots served with the salt of despair [and] the refreshing tartness of living life, and delivered by a server who can sass, flirt [and] cuss, and seduce anybody in the room" CALGARY HERALD
“fiery swing ... hazy, honky-tonk swirl" - NOW MAGAZINE
“whip-smart … an adventurous affair” - The Globe And Mail
“Heartbreaker of the Year justifies the buzz around its release” - Exclaim!
“effortless, natural evocation of past greats like Patsy Cline and Kitty Wells” - CBC Music
“Rose is one of Canada’s best roots artists. And probably one of our best heartbreakers, too” - Canada Postmedia Pop Forecast
“an irresistible collection” - Hello Magazine
Whitney Rose was just a kid when The Mavericks first hit the music scene, but these days the rising Canadian songstress is performing alongside the seasoned roots/country performers. Mentorship never sounded so good” - CBC Q
“Whitney Rose nails her sophomore release with the greatest of ease. … a wonderful, harmonious listen” - Moncton Free Press
“engaging lyrics …clever song structures. rollicking good fun and utter heartbreak” - Cashbox
“Honest, quirky and infused with country-roots” - Toronto Is Awesome
Here, Rose performs the title track, "Heartbreaker of the Year" live at The Hacienda.
CMT's Paul McGuire interviews Raul Malo and I in studio during the recording of Heartbreaker of the Year!
Photo from Revolution Studios - L to R: Guillermo Subauste, Paul Deakin, Jerry Dale McFadden, Whitney Rose, Raul Malo, Nichol Robertson, Jay Weaver.
NEW RECORD DETAILS
Whitney Rose has finished making a record with producer Raul Malo. Recorded in 4 days at Revolution Studios, mixed by Niko Bolas at Capitol Records, the record features the talents of:
Vocals, Guitar / Whitney Rose
Guitars, Vocals, Percussion / Raul Malo
Guitars, Mandolin / Nichol Robertson
Piano, Organ / Jerry Dale McFadden
Bass/ Jay Weaver
Drums / Paul Deakin
Steel Guitar, Dobro, Lap Steel / Burke Carroll
Strings / Drew Jurecka
PRODUCER: RAUL MALO
Mixed by: Niko Bolas at Capitol Studios
Mastered by: Rob Vosgien at Capitol Studios
Engineered by: Guillermo Subauste at Revolution Studios