Whitney Rose is proof that it’s possible to be a great Texan, no matter where you’re from. All you need to do is follow the old bumper sticker adage and get here as fast as you can.
Rose seems to have all that down. The native Canadian moved to Austin last year. Since then, she’s been holding down a residency at the Continental Club. She’s also been busy collaborating with Austin musician mainstays such as Redd Volkaert and Earl Poole Ball.
In preparation for her 2017 EP South Texas Suite, recorded at Dale Watson’s Ameripolitan Studios in Austin, Rose released a video chronicling her new life in the Lone Star State. In the clip, Rose introduces her new album as a “good old-fashioned love letter slash thank you note” to Texas.
Rose, who’s 2015 release Heartbreaker of the Year was produced by Raul Malo of the Mavericks, said being around Austin’s rich musical history “lit a fire” in her.
In the video, Rose gives us a taste of “Three Minute Love Song,” a song about the time shared between two strangers on dance floor. The tune would sound right at home at Austin’s legendary Broken Spoke dance hall or the divey east Austin haunt The White Horse.
“My Boots,” the first release from the new record, is a song about being true to yourself.
“It’s a really important time for women to be taking a stand,” Rose says in the clip. “I just wanted to write a song and sing a song to let everyone know you can be whoever you want as long as you’re not hurting anyone. Just let me be me.”
The video also teases the Ronnie Spector-esque “Bluebonnets,” a dreamy ’60s girl group ditty about lovers in springtime Texas.
With songs about dance floors, boots and bluebonnets, South Texas Suite seems to be the perfect record for Texans new and old.
South Texas Suite will be released Jan. 27 on Six Shooter Records.
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