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WHITNEY ROSE ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM
WHITNEY ROSE PAIRS WITH PRODUCER RAUL MALO (THE MAVERICKS) ON NEW ALBUM “HEARTBREAKER OF THE YEAR,” DUE OUT APRIL 21st ON CAMERON HOUSE RECORDS
NEW SONG “LITTLE PIECE OF YOU” AVAILABLE TODAY ON ITUNES
While there exists a growing debate over the current direction of popular Country music, it is clear that Whitney Rose has no intention of adding any fuel to the fire. Produced by Raul Malo (The Mavericks) her second full length studio album, Heartbreaker Of The Year, is an honest and original roots country record that makes no attempt to emulate the repetitious sounds on commercial country radio.
Today’s release of the first single from Heartbreaker Of The Year, “Little Piece Of You” couldn’t be better timed. “Being so close to Valentine’s Day, a light hearted, fun, love song seemed like an appropriate choice,” says Rose. “I also like the summery vibe to the song. It’s a nice antidote for the February cold.”
LISTEN TO “LITTLE PIECE OF YOU”
After supporting genre-defying, Grammy award winning, country legends, The Mavericks, on tour throughout Canada in 2014, Malo was inspired to produce, play, and sing with Rose on her album. “I love this record,” says Malo. “I’m honoured to have played a part in the making of it. The songs are so strong no one could ruin them…not even me.”
Rose describes her music as ‘vintage-pop-infused-neo-traditional-country,’ usually with a chuckle, and admits “The record is a little weird, it’s a little quirky, but so am I. I went out and made a record that was true to me, not a record with a key agenda of fitting in with what is currently popular.”
Recorded in four days at Revolution Studios in Toronto the album also features Jay Weaver (Mavericks, Dolly Parton) on bass, Nichol Robertson (Devin Cuddy Band) on guitars, Jerry Dale McFadden (Mavericks) on keys, Paul Deakin (Mavericks) on drums, Burke Carroll on pedal steel, and Drew Jurecka on strings. Learning the songs on the spot, the band came through with a completely spontaneous recording that brings Rose’s wondrous vocals and discerning lyrical content to the spotlight. Heartbreaker Of The Year was mixed at Capitol Records by Niko Bolas (Neil Young, Keith Richards, Rod Stewart), who supposes he “should take this opportunity to wax poetic about the charm, wit, and sexy cynicism of Whitney Rose, but that’s allot of words. So I will just say she has the shit.”
“It was a perfect storm.” Rose states. “Raul and his band The Mavericks had a show on PEI and their next show was in Ottawa five days later. We managed to bring a few of them into the studio for four days to cut ten tracks. Excepting Raul, none of the guys had heard my demos so the recording process was entirely spontaneous. It was a magical musical experience. I don’t even care how cliche of a statement that is. It just was. Witnessing what Raul and the band did with these songs I had written was incredibly humbling and educational. He is a musical monster.”
Raised on a steady dose of George Jones, Patsy Cline, and Connie Francis, it’s no shock that Rose would pay respect to her vintage pop and classic country roots with two covers – a duet with Malo on The Ronettes’ “Be My Baby” and a haunting lullaby take on Hank Williams’ “There’s a Tear In My Beer.” The other eight tracks on Heartbreaker Of The Year are Whitney Rose originals which present the musical stylings of her influences for the modern era. Songs of heartbreak (“Heartbreaker of the Year”), love (“Ain’t It Wise”), love lost (“The Last Party”), firsts (“My First Rodeo”), being a brat (“The Devil Borrowed My Boots”), and unhealthy coping mechanisms (“Only Just A Dream”) cement the fact that the classic country themes are upheld here too.
The album will be Rose’s second on Cameron House Records. An offshoot of the legendary Toronto club, made famous by Handsome Ned, Cameron House Records is carrying on the tradition of being a driving force behind the burgeoning roots music scene. Along with Whitney Rose, other signees include Doug Paisley, The Devin Cuddy Band, Sam Cash & The Romantic Dogs, and Al Tuck.
HEARTBREAKER OF THE YEAR TRACKLIST
01 – Little Piece Of You
02 – My First Rodeo
03 – The Last Party
04 – Only Just A Dream
05 – Heartbreaker Of The Year
06 – Be My Baby
07 – The Devil Borrowed My Boots
08 – Ain’t It Wise
09 – Lasso
10 – Tear In My Beer
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