Thursday, July 12, 7 p.m.
Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, 304 East Third Street, Davenport IA
Praised by Rolling Stone as an artist who “playfully croons through tales of love and mischief with girlish breath and devilish twang,” the Canadian-American country singer/songwriter/guitarist Whitney Rose headlines a Moeller Nights concert on July 12, indicating why Paste magazine wrote, “Her voice, a gentle and unassuming croon, gives her music a quiet caress, making [Rose's songs] effortlessly engaging each time out.”
Born on Canada's Prince Edward Island and a current resident of Austin, Texas, Rose was exposed to country music from a very young age as a result of spending time at her grandparents' bar, where she listened to hits by the likes of Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, and Kitty Wells. She began writing songs as a teen, and after moving to Toronto, became immersed in the city's thriving folk and coffeehouse scene, though her own writing was distinctly in the country tradition. Rose recorded her self-titled debut album for Cameron House in 2012 and subsequently toured Canada with the Devin Cuddy Band, also moving to a farm in Southampton, Nova Scotia, to begin writing new songs for a follow-up.
In 2014, she toured Canada as an opening act for The Mavericks, and the band's frontman Raul Malo was so taken with her performances that he offered to produce and both sing and play on her next recording, which would turn out to be 2015's Heartbreaker of the Year. Released in Canada in April and worldwide in August, the album earned Rose international acclaim, with American Songwriter calling it “terrifically crafted and brilliantly realized roots music” and PopMatters.com saying of Rose, “Her writing is first-rate, and she is really f---ing good at her instrument.” A similarly lauded EP, South Texas Suite, landed in 2017, and after moving to her digs in Austin, Texas, Rose released the full-length album Rule 62 last October, a work in which, according to AllMusic.com, “her affection for the deep wells of American tradition is evident throughout.”
Whitney Rose's July 12 concert at thr Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel starts at 7 p.m., admission is $15-20, and more information on the night is available by visiting MoellerNights.com.