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Spotlight: A musical rose of Texas

Whitney Rose enjoys Southeast New Mexico. Her performance in Roswell is the only one in New Mexico on her national and international tour this year.

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Rose Whitney returns to Roswell before her European Tour

By Christina Stock

Vision Editor

The 2019 Ameripolitan Honky Tonk Award-winning laureate stops in Roswell during her national and international tour. Whitney Rose returns for a concert at Pecos Flavors Winery + Bistro, 412 W. Second St., at 7 p.m.

Rose is bringing with her songs from her newest album, “Rule 62.” The Texas-based singer kicked off her tour in Houston, Texas and Roswell is her third stop before heading to Phoenix, Arizona. Later on this summer she is going to tour Europe.

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In an earlier interview Rose talked about her musical roots. “I grew up not necessarily in a musical family — I am the only professional musician in my family — but I grew up with my grandparents and my mother. They ran a little bar, my grandparents did, so there was always music around. I got the bug really early, it was before consciousness, I don’t have too much memory of it. Apparently I have been singing as long as I’ve been talking. Then it just, I couldn’t give it up and here I am.

“I grew up on Prince Edward Island on the East Coast of Canada. It’s a tiny little island — there are some towns but the population of the entire province, which is equivalent to a state, is 150,000. It’s mostly rural. There is a very large appreciation for country music there, because country music is attached to rural living. It is the biggest genre of music where I grew up. It was Canadian country music and American country music. There is not a wall between the borders of what is played on the radio. It is primarily Nashville country music, across the board.”

After moving to Toronto, she became immersed in the city’s thriving folk and coffeehouse scene, though her own writing was distinctly in the country tradition. Rose won awards while living there and recorded her self-titled debut album for Cameron House. She toured Canada with the Devin Cuddy Band, and in 2012 moved to a farm in Southampton, Nova Scotia to begin writing new songs for a follow-up. In 2014 she toured Canada as an opening act for the Mavericks. The band’s frontman, Raul Malo, was so taken with her performances that he offered to produce, sing, and play on her next recording. She took him up on his offer.

Rose moved to Austin, Texas in 2015. In 2017 she released two albums, in 2018 Rose released an EP called “South Texas Tweet,” before her new album “Rule 62.” Rose won the 2015 AllMusic Favorite Americana Albums Award, in 2017 the Favorite Folk & Americana Albums Award and the AllMusic Best of 2017 Award.

“The audience can expect a little bit of a bigger show,” Rose said. “I am really excited to be back in New Mexico, I love the state. I’ve driven through it a number of times now and I really love New Mexico. I am so excited to be back.”

For more information, visit whitneyrosemusic.com or call 575-627-6265.


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