Friday, November 2, 2012
Rosie Flores - Unsung hero!
Rosie Flores is one female guitarist who stands tall in a field dominated by male guitarist. Nicknamed the female Elvis (though she is much better looking) for her suave moves while playing. Born in San Antonio, Tx. she is a rockabilly and country artist. Listening to her you will hear a rich infused mixture of honky tonk, jazz,and western swing that she has developed from her her traditional Tex-Mex heritage. She's backed big names like Wanda Jackson and Janis Martin. Sadly, Martin passed away in 2007 from lung cancer. But good news is that the Janis Martin Blanco sessions featuring Rosie on guitar were just released September 2012 on Cow Island music. This album is available on CD, MP3 and Pink Vinyl (yes, PINK VINYL).
Rosie has interesting influences as her family move west to San Diego and gave Rosie exposure to surf and Blues and the Bakersfield sound. She site Elvis and Brenda Lee as her early influences.
She seems to favor the twang of Fender Guitars but you can also see her with those lovely Gretsch guitars. As a veteran player she chooses the right tool for the right song.
Rosie has appeared on Austin City Limits (ACL) (ACL festival link) and Late night with Conan O'brien
You need to check out Rosie's album - Girl of the Century recorded in 2009 on the Bloodshot label.
Check out some of Rosie's music at this Amazon link or your local music retailer.
Rockabilly hall of fame link