Title - 'We Still Go To Rodeos'
Artist - Whitney Rose
For those not in the know, Austin, Texas based recording artist Whitney Rose has just released her fifth studio recording, We Still Go to Rodeos this past April 24th, 2020.
Rose is an award winning internationally lauded and critically acclaimed vocalist and songwriter whose music bends genres and transcends international boundaries.
Furthermore, Rose has been covered in major outlets like The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Fader, UPROXX and international outlets like Fashion Magazine, Glamour, and Esquire.
In 2016 Rose won the ECMA Award for Country Album of the Year and in 2019 she won Honky Tonk Female of the Year at The Ameripolitan Awards.
She has also performed on stages or recorded with artists such as The Mavericks, Raul Malo, Dwight Yoakam, Marty Stuart, Jason Isbell, Redd Volkaert, Earle Poole Ball, The Proclaimers, Reverend Horton Heat, Midland, and many more.
Her new album, We Still Go To Rodeos (whose cover art always reminds me of Bobby Charles' self-titled 1972 album cover) features twelve original Whitney Rose recordings and was produced by Paul Kolderie (Radiohead, Hole, The Pixies, Uncle Tupelo, Lou Reed).
1. 'Just Circumstance'
2. 'Home With You'
3. 'Believe Me, Angels'
4. 'In A Rut'
5. 'A Hundred Shades Of Blue'
6. 'I'd Rather Be Alone'
7. 'You'd Blame Me For The Rain'
8. 'Fell Through The Cracks'
9. 'Don't Give Up On Me'
10. 'Better Man'
11. 'Thanks For Trying'
12. 'We Still Go To Rodeos'
On Rose’s first record away from the Canadian-based Six Shooter Records, and on her own label MCG, the album opens with the upbeat, jangling guitar storytelling of 'Just Circumstance,' which she backs up seamlessly with both the mid-tempo 'Home With You' and the pedal steel-driven 'Believe Me, Angels.'
As all fans of hers will have themselves noted even just three songs in, where Rose's previous album had delved more into '60s vibes, here We Still Go To Rodeos focuses more on the use of '80s and early '90s soundscapes.
Perhaps none more so than both the lo-fi punk of 'In A Rut' and the lusciously divine, softly psych flow of 'A Hundred Shades Of Blue.'
They are then backed by the melodic 'I'd Rather Be Alone,' the foot-tappin' 'You'd Blame Me For The Rain,' and both the yearning of 'Fell Through The Cracks' and the light, breezy acoustic work of 'Don't Give Up On Me.'
Rose's rock 'tude comes back for the upbeat 'Better Man,' which is backed by the reaching, emphatic arc of 'Thanks For Trying,' before the album comes to a close on the lonesome, harmonica-driven country title track, 'We Still Go To Rodeos.'
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