Written by Eddie Ferranti

w-rose-m-duck-11-18-16-033-2Covering musicians from north of the border has been a great experience for us for the past five years or so. Ever since Rose & I experienced Folk Alliance’s in Memphis, Kansas City and Austin we’ve been smitten with the talent that exists in Canada.  A Toronto transplant to Austin, Whitney Rose, added to that list in a wonderful way.  This young lady looked much younger than the poster advertising her gig, but her performance belied her youth paying homage to traditional country while adding Austin rock to the package.

Her latest release, “South Texas Suite”, is chocked full of heavyweights contributing following the lead of Maverick’s stud Raul Malo who produced the disc.  Haybale’s Redd Volkaert, Earl Poole Ball, Tom Lewis and Kevin Smith churned out the album at Dale Watson’s Ameripolitan Studios in Austin.  On top of that sitting in this night was Lisa Pankrantz of Dave Alvin and the Guilty Ones fame on skins.  Talk about getting someone’s attention!  This lady has turned some heads in a very competitive town and market.  Her electric lead this night , Bryce Clark, smoked the joint many times when WR stepped back and gave him room.

The lil lady showed great stage coolness and control without much wasted gabbing. Her funny bone showed up when she remarked how she was over-dressed: “It’s cold outside, but it ain’t up here!” Rose has said her songwriting has gone thru the roof since she hit Texas and it shows coupled with a razor sharp backing band. Good funky pickin’ showed up on “The Devil Borrowed My Boots Last Night”,  newbie “Analog” cooked, and “The Last Party” showcased her effortless charisma beyond her years.  Amazing though that it was some covers that showed why there is such a buzz about this performer. Merle Haggard’s “The Bottle Let Me Down”,  goose bump inducing Tammy Wynette classic “Stand By Your Man” and jaw dropping Lesley Gore tune “You Don’t Own Me”!

w-rose-m-duck-11-18-16-078-2Rose’s unique and brassy delivery adds a sexy side to old fashioned country while spicing it up along the way charming the audience’s pants off. Whitney herself describes her sound as “vintage-pop-infused-neo-traditional-country.” So there.  Whatever you want to call it we call it a breath of fresh air in the muddled arena of youthful country starlets. Texas is lucky to have a star on the horizon like this and the future looks as bright as a morning sunrise from our view……………

Speaking of bright futures, the venue this night has had one for over 25 years running. Rusty, Teresa, Shane and their hard working staff continue to deliver night after night.  The sound quality is one of the best around (ranked in Top 5 by Houston Press), the beer is cold and the food is not bar food by a longshot!  Veggie burgers, fish tacos, Shepherd’s Pie and Ploughman’s plate rank as some of our faves along with nightly specials!  There is a reason why a music place can last as long as this one.  Quality from top to bottom.  They offer different types of music that can satisfy whatever genre you are seeking. It is easy to reserve your tickets on line at : mcgonigels.com.   You’ll see Rose & I there a lot…………