Fresh from her U.S. performance debut at Americana Fest, Canadian Whitney Rose brought her true blue country to the Big Apple for a short set at Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 1, this past Saturday night.
It began as most shows at Rockwood do (with no fanfare), as Rose took the stage and simply started strumming and singing "Only Just A Dream." Her vocals, pure and delicate, sound even more so live than on record, while her three band members skillfully provided the rhythm and backing vocals. The forty-five minute set included the title track of her recent album, Heartbreaker of The Year, "The Devil Borowed My Boots," "Little Piece of You" and a cover of "Ring of Fire." Instead of trying to duplicate this classic, Rose tailored it to her voice, exceptionally covering the song while giving it a quiet, almost seductive tone.
Polite and soft spoken (perhaps slightly nervous?) when she talked to the audience, there was a confidence that accompanied that captivating voice when she sang, as she did on the appropriate closing number, "First Rodeo." With features on this site, Rolling Stone, The Bluegrass Situation and more, Whitney Rose is one to watch not only for the remainder of 2015, but 2016 as well.
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