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Whitney Rose not taking things so seriously on sophomore CD

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Austin based, P.E.I born and raised singer songwriter Whitney Rose is excited to play Lethbridge for the first time, Feb. 16 at the Geomatic Attic.

“I don’t think I’ve even been to Lethbridge, though a lot of my friends have played the GeoWhitney Rose plays the Geomatic Attic, Feb. 16. Photo submittedmatic Attic, so I’m excited to see it and maybe get some time to explore Lethbridge in between soundcheck and the show,” said Rose from her home in Austin, where she is getting ready to go to Memphis for a week to write and  attend the Ameripolitan awards where  she has been nominated for for best honky tonk  woman of the year.

“I’m going there for the Ameripolitan  awards. So I’m very excited about that,” she said.
While she grew up in P.E.I, she was not drawn to playing celtic music.
“There are a lot of really talented musicians there. I love to sit down and listen to a good Rankin Family album. I love that stuff, but it’s just not what I do,” said Rose, who has called Austin home since 2015.

“I love it here. It’s a very special  part of the country. There is a lot of great music and I’ve got to meet some of the people I grew up listening to on the radio,” she said, adding she has been fortunate  to be able to work with some of them as well, like Raul Malo of the Mavericks, who she has been collaborating with since her first album  in 2015. She noted a tour with the mavericks eventually lead to collaboration.

“It’s a great collaboration. He’s playing all over the new album Rule 62. Working with him was such a fantastic experience — so low pressure. He really respects the music,” she said.

She said people have been responding well to the album since it was released in October.


“It’s been great. Now it’s time to hit the road and we’ll see if they show to up to the shows,” she said.
 She said the lyrics are inspired by her life, but also with a humourous angle.

“The lyrics are about particular events in life, but with an approach that is almost comedic. Rule 62 is the rule from Alcoholics Anonymous which states not to take everything so damn seriously. Because I play so much, most of the songs are written in shitty hotel rooms,” she giggled.

 She sounds  similar to Margo Price, but she has never met her.
“I know of her, but I’ve never met her. We’re playing some of the same festivals in the summer, so hopefully I’ll get to meet her then,” Rose said.

 In the meantime, she has a lot of touring scheduled.
“I’m going to Memphis for a week for the Ameriposa Awards, then meeting up with my band in Denver and we’ll play Seattle, Portland, some dates in California, Calgary, Lethbridge and Western Canada, then Vancouver and back here for SouthbySouthwest,” she summarized.

 She enjoys playing the big SouthbySouthwest music festival in Austin.
“There are so many different artists. It’s definitely a transformative experience, but really it is, I’m trying to think of a word other than shitshow. It gets pretty nuts, but then it is pretty cool to see friends I wouldn’t usually get to see,” she said.

 After that, she is doing another tour of Europe including gigs in the United Kingdom and Germany and returning in time for the summer festival season.

“Last year I played 200  shows and so far  this year I’m on track to play at least that many again,” she said.

 Whitney Rose plays the Geomatic Attic, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $32.50 and $35.50.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 13 February 2018 11:01 )  
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