Whitney Rose Announces New Album “We Still Go To Rodeos”
When looking to assemble a draft class of strong and talented country music women to return some balance to the genre, you better not let your gaze shoot over the head of Canadian-born, and Austin-forged singer/songwriter Whitney Rose. They don’t just hand out residencies at Austin’s legendary Continental Club to anyone, but they did to Whitney. With plenty of writing and singing talent, and over 500 shows logged from touring all around the world, she’s become a mainstay of independent country, yet one that feels like she still deserves more recognition.
Now Whitney Rose is back with her latest album We Still Go To Rodeos to be released on April 24th. Produced by Paul Kolderie of Uncle Tupelo and The Pixies fame, all 12 songs on the new record were written by Rose herself, and she’s also releasing it on her artist-owned label, MCG.
“I don’t want to make the same album over and over again and this one is no different,” Whitney Rose says. “I’m not changing styles or redirecting my career as much as I’m expanding on avenues that I’ve explored previously. Maybe it’s because I heard Marty Stuart call Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers the best country band of all time and I got excited. In any case, this record has some distinct differences in production style and instrumental focus from previous works and I’m proud of the outcome.”
A great set of musicians from Austin and beyond join Whitney Rose on the new record, including Gurf Morlix, Rich Brotherton formerly of Robert Earl Keen, Austin drummer extraordinaire Lisa Pankratz, Brad Fordham, and Dave “Leroy” Biller.
“I feel like I’m in a good place with the release of this record,” Rose says. “I haven’t done everything I’d like to do in my career, but I’m very grateful to look behind me and see that I’ve steadily—albeit slowly—climbed upwards and achieved some of my goals. As far as I can tell, no music career or road to success is ever the same as another. Mine hasn’t been perfect by any stretch, but when I think about it so far, I never find myself wishing it were different. I’m proud of my output as a songwriter, I’m proud to have had the opportunity to perform in so many places around the world, and I’m extremely humbled and grateful to have worked with so many artists I admire along the way.”
Ahead of the new album, Whitney Rose has released a new song called “Believe Me, Angela.” It includes the twangy heart we’re used to hearing from Whitney, but with a little West Coast jangle which may hint at what we have in store, and some very tasty guitar solos to go with Whitney’s compelling writing.
We Still Go To Rodeos is now available for pre-order.
February 11, 2020 @ 8:44 pm
A little West Coast jangle sounds pretty good.
February 11, 2020 @ 8:49 pm
Promising but the production isn’t, at least on the song featured here. Sounds like she is way too muddled. I had to put earphones on and concentrate to understand some of the lyrics. Maybe it’s just me.
February 11, 2020 @ 9:15 pm
Not just you. Overall I like the vibe but the vocals are a bit buried.
February 12, 2020 @ 4:49 pm
vocals are buried on my three systems also …..
diggin the vibe but WHY in these times with the talent and technology available on the recording /mixing end do we have to hunt for lyrics in a track ? if you just play the thing for the receptionist or the janitor or the gopher or the engineer’s wife they’ll tell you straight up whether the vocal mix is working or not .
February 12, 2020 @ 4:51 pm
Yeah it’s a bit curious. I prefer lower mixed vocals myself but they still need some separation and clarity.
February 11, 2020 @ 11:54 pm
Can you talk about The Bones by Maren Morris? Usually I wouldn’t think it so important to cover a very mild song like that but the run it’s having on the charts is unprecedented for a woman in country. It’s the first song by a woman to be #1 on country radio and top 10 on any radio throughout the US since 2009 and on the all-genre hot 100 it’s at #18 which is the highest a female country singer has been there since Carrie Underwood’s Good Girl hit the same point in 2012. The last time a woman in country got higher than that on her own was Carrie’s Cowboy Casanova all the way back in 2009 (or Back To December by Taylor Swift if you count that, which you shouldn’t.) So just for the conversation about the marginalization of women in country this song is a game changer and I’d be interested to see a review.
February 12, 2020 @ 8:20 am
But that’s a Pop song…. Why would Trig shed light on it?
February 12, 2020 @ 11:48 am
Because he’s written multiple articles about country radio’s refusal to play women. The Bones, even if it isn’t a very good song, is a big deal and hopefully is the beginning of women getting mainstream success again.
February 12, 2020 @ 10:03 am
Not even “Harper Valley PTA” os “Stand By Your Man” way back in 1968?
February 12, 2020 @ 11:50 am
Beating a dead horse at this point, but that song being on the country charts, Bobby doing the Opry….honest question: Where is rock bottom?
February 12, 2020 @ 2:00 pm
Sam Hunt’s next #1.
February 12, 2020 @ 2:08 pm
Yeah I’d normally agree and never thought I’d say this… but his shit is at least maybe kinda sorta barely almost sounds like some watered down version of elevator country muzak. Maybe 1% country? That Maren song sounds Zero % like it. And isn’t it beyond obvious? Are people just pretending not to notice because if the social media circular firing squad?
February 12, 2020 @ 4:27 pm
“The Bones” by Maren Morris featuring Hozier going #1 is meaningless because it’s not country whatsoever. In fact, it’s detrimental because it puts more emphasis on Maren shades out women who are actually country, women like Whitney Rose.
There, I wrote about it.
February 12, 2020 @ 12:50 am
Hmmm, that musician lineup got me excited but the song hasn’t got much hook.
Its inoffensive, but not an essential song to hear
February 12, 2020 @ 4:58 pm
”……. but not an essential song to hear”
that’s a very polite and diplomatic way of describing about 90% of what’s being recorded right now . and its also true , IMO .
I’ll say it again ….being a ‘ recording artist ‘ -whether indie or label- DOES NOT MEAN you are a good songwriter . this fact seems to be getting lost in many conversations .
February 12, 2020 @ 5:34 am
The ep she put out a few years ago is just stellar. Several great Canadian artists right now.
February 12, 2020 @ 8:44 am
The album should be an interesting addition to her catalog.
Thankfully she didn’t hook her star to Bobby Bones when she moved South of the border.
February 12, 2020 @ 11:52 am
I liked her last two albums, but I LOVE this track.
February 13, 2020 @ 9:09 pm
I’m pumped! Have been anticipating this album for a long time!