Whitney Rose (from the album South Texas Suite)
Whitney Rose sends a sensually lush love letter to the Lone Star state with her recent E.P. release, South Texas Suite. Whitney Rose has her mail sent to Austin, Texas after leaving her Canadian home to travel south for a residency at Austin’s Continental Club. Her two-month stint gave Whitney more than a stage and she soon packed her boots to set up her own residency in Austin as a home base. The lure and the love of Texas comes through with every note of South Texas Suite as Whitney Rose tackles tunes full of the romance as the E.P. offers audio nostalgia on the six pack of tracks included in the recording. The Texas muse has been active as Whitney shares that ‘ever since I moved here I’ve been going out and watching live music, and falling in love with musicians around town. The music scene here is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before. So I have been writing non-stop….I’ve written close to forty new songs since I arrived.’
Whitney’s love for the Austin musical community is returned on South Texas Suite as Dale Watson opened his studio doors for the recording. South Texas Suite was recorded in two days with a band that included Redd Volkaert (Merle Haggard), Earle Poole Ball (Johnny Cash), Kevin Smith (Willie Nelson’s Family Band), and Tom Lewis (The Mavericks). Michael Guerra puts his accordion to work on South Texas Suite, sending out notes that weave between the Spanish-spiced guitar work on Tex-Mex waltz album opener “Three Minute Love Affair”. Whitney Rose heads to the honky-tonk dance floor in “My Boots”, picks posies from the surrounding countryside with “Bluebonnets for My Baby”, looks for some warmth in the studio and her life as she goes old school in “Analog” and lets the band play on as South Texas Suite closes out with “How ‘Bout a Hand for My Baby”. Whitney Rose checks out the good times in her rear-view mirror, turning up the musical memories as South Texas Suite takes time for “Lookin’ Back on Luckenbach”.