AMERICAN SONGWRITER PREMIERES “MY BOOTS” TODAY.
This year, Whitney Rose’s road to AmericanaFest starts in Travis County, Texas, where Rose has settled and recorded a new song, “My Boots,” that speaks to self-acceptance.
“My Boots” shows the lighter side of Rose’s songwriting. “While it’s ostensibly just about wearing whatever the hell you wanna wear,” Rose says, “it’s also about embracing the quirks and flaws that make you, you.” Rose walks the walk in her custom cactus and rose Liberty cowboy boots, a sparkly nod to her identity. Both are fitting symbols – Rose is no wilting flower, and “My Boots” contains a barbed message about intolerance and autonomy in the defiant feminist spirit of “You Don’t Own Me.”
Rose created a buzz at her AmericanaFest debut last year, and this new song shows the emerging talent has not been resting on any laurels since. The song is the first new music since Heartbreaker of the Year, an album that put Whitney on the Americana map.
“My Boots” features country music royalty Redd Volkaert (Merle Haggard) and Earl Poole Ball (Johnny Cash) trading solos over the Waylon-esque groove.
American Songwriter calls it a “defiant new tune.
AUSTIN, TX: The Continental Club, Sept 15
HOUSTON, TX: McGonigel’s Mucky Duck, Sept 17
NASHVILLE, TN: AmericanaFest, George Jones Museum, Outlaws & Gunslingers Luncheon, Sept 22, 12-2pm.
NASHVILLE, TN: AmericanaFest, The Station Inn, Sept 24, 8pm
AUSTIN, TX: The Continental Club, Sept 29
HOUSTON, TX: McGonigel’s Mucky Duck, Nov 18
– “A sultry country classicist with a tremble in her voice, Whitney Rose is partial to the magisterial gestures of the 1950s and 1960s.” – NY Times
– “Playfully croons through tales of love and mischief with girlish breath and devilish twang.” – Rolling Stone
– “Rose nailed this concoction of joining the purer sides of pop and country. The most exciting part is seeing where she goes next.” – American Songwriter
– “Whitney Rose’s voice sounds like it’s comin’ on out of a time machine in RCA’s Studio B in Nashville circa 1960. Her songwriting blends vintage R&B and retro country.” — Magnet
– “Sultry, dynamic, spicy in the way it slides between styles yet continues forward cohesively, Heartbreaker of the Year is quite the exhibition of Whitney’s talents.” – Saving Country Music
– “Stark and sultry, here Rose hits heartache right between the eyes. With a croon that wraps dances perfectly between plaintive guitar riffs, Rose skillfully delivers classic country magic.” — Guitar World
– “The Toronto-based singer-songwriter’s sophomore release is a whole heap of fun, filled with songs that recall an earlier age when country and pop were blended to perfection. Rose injects a healthy dose of her own charm and personality into the mix.” —Twangville
– “Her writing is first rate, and she is really fucking good at her instrument.” — PopMatters