Whitney Rose’s Main Rule

Read about Whitney Rose’s upcoming release ‘Rule 62’ out October 6

 

Whitney Rose Readies New Album ‘RULE 62’

For October 6 2017 Release

 

For Whitney Rose, there’s one rule to live by that stands alone as a guiding principle for life as she knows it: Rule 62.

The origin of the rule is best summed up by an excerpt from Alcoholics Anonymous’ Tradition Four, a treatise on how to find harmony between ambition and self-awareness, and how to learn one’s lessons with humour and humility.  This truism, officially worded as “Don’t Take Yourself Too Damn Seriously,” is the origin of both the title and ethos of Whitney Rose’s forthcoming album Rule 62.

The album is due out on October 6 2017 on Six Shooter Records through Thirty Tigers.

Six months ago, Rose was primed to release South Texas Suite, a ‘countrypolitan’ valentine to Austin, Texas.  Days before the EP hit the streets and Rose kicked off a four-month worldwide tour, the burgeoning songwriting force headed to Nashville, where she entered BlackBird Studio A to reconvene with the Mavericks’ Raul Malo.  In one short week, Rose, Malo and co-producer Niko Bolas channeled the tumult, turbulence and tension outside the studio into Rose’s second worldwide release, which includes nine self-penned songs.

Word is that, on Rule 62, Rose channels her inner Nancy Sinatra, Bobbie Gentry and Françoise Hardy with new songs that show verve, swagger and self-assurance in Rose’s instinctive sense of tone.

Consider one of the new songs, “Can’t Stop Shakin’” in the context of the day it was recorded: January 20, 2017 (Presidential Inauguration Day).  With Malo on harmonies and rhythm guitars, Kenny Vaughn on lead guitar, and saxophones and organ in the mix, the song has been transformed with an undercurrent of uncertainty and anger.

“’Can’t Stop Shakin’ started out as something I would sing to calm myself down.” Rose says. “We recorded that song on Inauguration day and you could physically feel the divide between the public and the unrest in the air.  I was in the studio that week every day for twelve hours on average, so realized my contribution was going to have to take place within the walls of Blackbird.  So the song that started as a personal anthem got a rewrite that day.”

 

 

“For reasons unbeknownst to me at the time, I started writing all these “breakup” songs that were mostly angry. I wasn’t sure where all these feelings were coming from until one day it hit me like a ton of bricks that I was penning these songs to society,” she observes. These sharp-tongued send-offs come with a good dose of humor, and the result is a reassuring sense that Rose isn’t letting anything grind her down. 

Rule 62 is Rose’s second release of 2017, and sees the songwriter’s increased output matched by a clearly rising career trajectory.  With so much touring now under her belt, it’s no surprise that Rose’s work often explores her journey-woman’s experience.  “Trucker’s Funeral,” a Dolly-caliber yarn with a stranger-than-fiction twist, is in fact a true story:

“I had a meeting at Bank of America here in Austin last year and when the meeting was over the teller told me about going to his grandfather’s funeral here in Texas,” Rose recounts.  “He found out he had a full second family on the West Coast.  His grandfather was a trucker and always on the road, so neither family had any idea.  As he was telling me this story, I was jotting down lyrics on my banking papers because it was just too intriguing an experience not be made into a song.” 

As mentioned before, Rule 62 boasts the first-class musicianship and studio instincts of collaborator and producer Raul Malo. The two have worked together well before, but this time with they added the ear of Bolas as co-producer.

“Niko brought a lot to the table in the studio (when he wasn’t sitting at his table at Waffle House).  It allowed Raul to step down from the producer role from time to time and be a part of the band.  That man can play and sing.  One of my favorite parts of the album is the guitar solo on ‘You Never Cross My Mind’ — that’s all Raul,” Rose observes appreciatively.  

Other musicians in the studio included Paul Deakin (The Mavericks) on drums, Jay Weaver (Dolly Parton, Tanya Tucker, The Mavericks) on bass, Jen Gunderman (Sheryl Crow) on piano, Chris Scruggs (Marty Stuart) on steel, Aaron Till (Asleep at the Wheel) on the fiddle and the great Kenny Vaughn (Marty Stuart, Lucinda Williams) on lead guitar.

The track “Can’t Stop Shakin'” with its ingrained, wonderful groove can be heard below:

 

 

 

Rule 62.  Don’t Take Yourself Too Damn Seriously.  It’s the only rule that Whitney Rose needs to keep going.

 

RULE 62 Track Listing:

1. I Don’t Want Half (I Just Want Out) (3:06)

2. Arizona (3:58)

3. Better to My Baby (3:13)

4. You Never Cross My Mind (4:02)

5. You Don’t Scare Me (4:14)

6. Can’t Stop Shakin’ (4:22)

7. Tied to the Wheel (4:41)

8. Trucker’s Funeral (5:04)

9. Wake Me in Wyoming (3:29)

10. You’re a Mess (3:48)

11. Time to Cry (3:56)

 

Rose will be featuring at AmericanaFest 2017.

Check out an earlier single “Boots” HERE.

 

Read about Whitney Rose’s upcoming release ‘Rule 62’ out October 6

 

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Author: Rob Dickens

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