Listen up, Mr. Trump. If you need to be convinced that immigrants can contribute significantly to these United States—and apparently you still do—look no further than the example of singer/songwriter Whitney Rose. A Canadian expatriate who settled in Austin to find her footing in the clubs and venues of that hallowed city, she’s sharpened her skills and her mind set, making music that emulates the sounds generally associated with barrooms and honky-tonks, as opposed to the environs associated with the outer banks of Prince Edward Island where she came of age.
Rose’s EP, South Texas Suite, released earlier this year, marked a continuation in her trajectory as well as a reflective pause.
Whitney Rose named her second full-length album after a 12-step tradition suggesting "don't take yourself too damn seriously," an axiom she takes to heart on Rule 62. Rose may specialize in retro-country but there's a lightness in her step. She doesn't sweat the idea of authenticity -- it's hard to think of a country album that would indulge in such soul revivalism as "Can't Stop Shakin'" -- but her affection for the deep wells of Americana tradition are evident throughout Rule 62.
In a fairer world, it would be authentic country artists like Whitney Rose that sold out arenas and dominated country radio, not the banal hat acts purveying their bro-country schlock, here and in the U.S.
Undeterred, this young Canadian singer/songwriter (now based in Austin) continues to hone her craft while receiving plenty of peer and critical respect. Rose's big break came when she caught the ear of Raul Malo, leader of the Mavericks, and he produced her second album, 2015's Heartbreaker of the Year. He's back on board for Rule 62 ….
Don’t be deceived by the seemingly innocent exterior. Whitney Rose’s outward appearance hides an old soul.
Certainly Mavericks’ frontman Raul Malo — no stranger to musical authenticity — recognizes there is more than meets the eye to Rose since he not only produced 2015’s critically praised Heartbreaker of the Year, but returns for this follow-up full length (there was an EP in between).