P.E.I.'s Whitney Rose catches the attention of Rolling Stone Germany
'Always an honour to be in print in Rolling Stone Magazine' writes Rose
P.E.I.-born country singer-songwriter Whitney Rose is a step closer to, as the Dr. Hook song says, "the thrill we've never known ... when you get your picture on the cover of the Rollin' Stone" — she's featured in an article in the magazine's German edition.
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Rose has been based in Toronto the last several years as she built her career with the label Cameron House, but recently moved to Austin, Texas as she signed with Six Shooter Records.
There, she caught the eye — or ear — of the legendary magazine's reviewer, and an article about her music appeared in the German edition's March publication.
"Wow! Always an honour to be in print in Rolling Stone Magazine. And in Germany no less! Thanks to the lovely Frank Castenholz for writing the piece," Rose writes on her Facebook page, offering a rough translation of the article, titled "Witz und Würde," or Wit and Grace.
I've been featured in the American Rolling Stone online but there was something very special about seeing it in print.— Whitney Rose
"Canadian country musician Whitney Rose gives bite and intelligence back to the genre," states the article's headline.
Writer Castenholz talks about seeing Rose perform at Austin's Continental Club, where he said she "obviously knows how to entertain a beer drinking crowd of cowboys and -girls in a saloon."
"With her western guitar, her white cowboy boots and her short dress, you'd think she was raised on that very stage. But the 29-year-old was born in Canada, a country that isn't exactly known for many big names in the genre."
Rose is pretty sure Castenholz just stumbled upon her show last November, but is pleased he did, because he called her manager the next day asking for an interview before he returned to Germany.
'Something very special'
"I've been featured in the American Rolling Stone online but there was something very special about seeing it in print, even though I couldn't understand a word — ha!" Rose told CBC News Online via Facebook as she drove from Utah to her next gig in Texas Wednesday.
Castenholz delves into how Rose came to country music: "My friends never wanted to drive in my car because I kept playing all this uncool stuff by Kitty Wells or Judy Garland. Everybody else hated it," she told him.
The article describes Rose's music as a retro sound that "sticks in your ears."
"Her songwriting stands in the tradition of the Nashville sound of the late 50s and early 60s … Her lyrics are as melancholic, allusive and witty like in the good old days, enriched with a modern twist — both flirty and feministic."
Timing is everything
Rose said the article came out at a great time because she is currently planning a European tour for 2017.
Island audiences have had a chance to hear Rose onstage at the Cavendish Beach Music Festival the last few years. She's also played Ontario's Boots and Hearts festival and North by Northeast in Toronto.
Rose is actively promoting her 2015 album Heartbreaker of the Year in a three-month tour from Los Angeles to Vancouver to Houston, Texas.
Next week, she'll be playing at the huge and prestigious 6-day South by Southwest conference in Austin.
Rolling Stone previously listed Rose as one of 27 "must-see acts" at Americana Music Fest 2015. That article said she "playfully croons through tales of love and mischief with girlish breath and devlish twang." (It also referred to P.E.I. as "remote outpost.")
"The music industry can be tough and discouraging but I've been very fortunate to be able to continue the pursuit," Rose told CBC.