Growing up in the railroad town of Clifton Forge, Virginia, singer-songwriter Alexa Rose was surrounded by the sounds of mountain music. She would go on to honor her musical roots while studying at Appalachian State University in North Carolina, where she fell even deeper in love with the traditional mountain music of Doc Watson and old folk ballads from the British Isles.
Now, Rose is gearing up to release her debut album Medicine For Living, which weaves together the classic sounds of her upbringing with her own experiences -- the heartbreak and the beauty -- in the modern world. On July 22, Rose released the album's title track, a meditation on the final moments of a relationship.
"This song is about a love that is failing and that moment when something is about to come to an end. That moment should still be appreciated and enjoyed because it's still part of love," Rose says in a press release. "I was trying to reason with myself about something that I had no control over. Medicine for Living is about realizing that all we can do is be loving and reach for love and that in itself can be healing."
Listen to "Medicine For Living" below.
"In a way Medicine for Living is about all lessons I've learned, of people and places that have shaped my worldview and my definitions of love and commitment," Rose says. "There's a lot of tension between wanting to leave your home and go out into the world, and the roots that pull you back."