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Rosie Flores

Working Girl's Guitar – 2012 (Bloodshot)

Reviewed by Robert Wooldridge

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Rosie Flores shows off her versatility on her latest with not only her familiar rockabilly on display, but touches of country, blues, surf music, jazz and rock. Flores' rockabilly sound is most evident on an effective cover of Janis Martin's Drug Store Rock and Roll and a rocking rendition of the Elvis hit Too Much on which Flores takes a more extended solo than Scotty Moore did on the original.

Flores's strongest vocal performance is on the bluesy If (I Could Be With You). Other highlights are the country ballad Love Must Have Passed Me By, featuring '60s pop star Bobby Vee on harmony vocals and the Dick Dale style instrumental Surf Demon #5.

Flores' guitar virtuosity is also well exhibited on the title track as well as the hard rocking Little But I'm Loud, featuring an impressive solo reminiscent of Jimi Hendrix. With the closing track, Flores demonstrates her acoustic guitar skills with a jazzy arrangement of The Beatles' While My Guitar Gently Weeps.

The project was produced by Flores, who played all electric and acoustic guitar parts. In addition to Vee, Flores' is nicely supported throughout by Greg Leisz (steel guitar), Noah Levy (drums and percussion), T. Jarrod Bonta (piano) and Red Young (organ). Though the album is somewhat brief, with 9 tracks clocking in at just over 33 minutes, Flores' pleasant vocals and brilliant guitar work make this an enjoyable collection.