Monday, August 7, 2017
– Traditional country singer Whitney Rose returns in October with a new disc, "Rule 62."
And what is Rule 62? "Don't Take Yourself Too Damn Seriously," which is based on Alcoholics Anonymous view.
The album is due out on Oct. 6 on Six Shooter Records through Thirty Tigers.
This will be Rose's second release this year as she released the "South Texas Suite EP in January, an ode to Texas country music. Days before the EP hit the streets and Rose kicked off a four-month worldwide tour, Rose hit Nashville, where she entered BlackBird Studio A to reconvene with The Mavericks' Raul Malo to produce the new release In one week, Rose, Malo and co-producer Niko Bolas readied the 11-song disc, including 9 self-penned.
"Can't Stop Shakin'" was recorded on Jan. 20. With Malo on harmonies and rhythm guitars, Kenny Vaughn on lead guitar, and saxophones and organ in the mix, "Can't Stop Shakin'" was originally written as an anti-anxiety treatment in Memphis soul dance party form. The meaning has changed.
"'Can't Stop Shakin' started out as something I would sing to calm myself down." Rose said. "We recorded that song on Inauguration day and you could physically feel the divide between the public and the unrest in the air. I was in the studio that week every day for 12 hours on average, so realized my contribution was going to have to take place within the walls of Blackbird. So the song that started as a personal anthem got a rewrite that day."
As for including Bolas on production, "Niko brought a lot to the table in the studio (when he wasn't sitting at his table at Waffle House). It allowed Raul to step down from the producer role from time to time and be a part of the band. That man can play and sing. One of my favorite parts of the album is the guitar solo on 'You Never Cross My Mind' - that's all Raul," Rose said.
Other musicians in the studio included Paul Deakin (The Mavericks) on drums, Jay Weaver (Dolly Parton, Tanya Tucker, The Mavericks) on bass; Jen Gunderman (Sheryl Crow) on piano; Chris Scruggs (Marty Stuart) on steel; Aaron Till (Asleep at the Wheel) on the fiddle; and Vaughn (Marty Stuart, Lucinda Williams) on lead guitar.
The track listing is:
1. I Don't Want Half (I Just Want Out) (3:06)
2. Arizona (3:58)
3. Better to My Baby (3:13)
4. You Never Cross My Mind (4:02)
5. You Don't Scare Me (4:14)
6. Can't Stop Shakin' (4:22)
7. Tied to the Wheel (4:41)
8. Trucker's Funeral (5:04)
9. Wake Me in Wyoming (3:29)
10. You're a Mess (3:48)
11. Time to Cry (3:56)