mid-1980's Rosie Flores has been a key figure on the alternative
country music scene. During that time she has released five solo albums
and three country music videos, and has continually toured the U.S. and
Europe. Rosie's unsurpassed talent as a singer, songwriter and
guitar player, has earned her the respect and love of her colleagues and
adoring fans the world over.
Born in San Antonio, Texas, Flores grew up listening to regional
radio stations and watching Dick Clark's legendary rock'n'roll televison
show American Bandstand. She cites Elvis Presley and Brenda Lee
as her earliest musical influences. Rosie began her recording
career at age seven, when her father engineered a two-track recording of
her singing at home with her brother and sister. One of these childhood
recordings ended up on her Hightone release, Rockabilly Filly.
At age 12, Flores' family moved to San Diego, California, where
she was exposed to a whole new world of music, including surf, blues and
Southern California country rock. Four years later she formed her first
band, an all female group, that provided the fledgling songwriter an
opportunity to combine her varied influences into her own coherent
musical vision. By 1985, Flores was well known and widely
respected on the Southern California music circuit. As the leader of
Rosie and The Screamers, Flores designed a repertoire of
hard-driving country, classic rockabilly and her own originals,
foreshadowing the emergence and widespread acceptance of these forms of
In 1987, she officially debuted as a solo artist when Warner
Brothers/Reprise released Rosie Flores, which was produced by
Pete Anderson (Dwight Yoakam's guitarist and producer). The album had an
immediate impact on critics. In one of many glowing reviews,
Entertainment magazine exclaimed, "Flores never forgets that
she's a poet and a rocker with a pure country heart." Subsequent raves
in regional and national press included People, No Depression, Details
and the New York Times.
The following year Flores relocated to Austin where she
immediately became an integral part of the local music scene. Hew Austin
band included Junior Brown on steel guitar and Terry McBride (McBride
and the Ride) on bass. She appeared on the prestigious PBS show
Austin City Limits and began writing songs with Jimmie Dale Gilmore
and performing with Texas heroes Joe and Butch Hancock.
In 1992, Flores found a new home for her boundary-crossing style
at Hightone Records, releasing her second solo project, After the
Farm, co-produced by Greg Liesz and Dusty Wakeman. The album put
Flores on both Pulse and Request magazines, top Ten year end lists.
In addition, the song "Dent In My Heart," co-written with Jimme Dale
Gilmore, was chosen for two movie soundtracks. Her ascendance as a lead
guitarist prompted profiles in Musician, Guitar Player and Guitar World.
Over the next several years, Flores continued to write, perform
and record with a variety of artists in the country and rock fields. She
did duets with artists such as Freddy Fender and the Texas Tornadoes,
Marshall Crenshaw and Joe Ely.
recording Once More with Feeling, again co-produced by Liesz and
Wakeman, caught the ear of country star Pam Tillis, who asked Rosie
to join Wanda Jackson and Iris Dement as her featured guests on the TNN
special, Live at the Ryman. Before the year ended Flores'
video of "Honky Tonk Moon" was in rotation on CMT and VHI.
In 1995 Hightone released Rockabilly Filly, co-produced by Greg
Leisz and Flores, which featured duets with legendary artists
Wanda Jackson and Janis Martin. This release prompted a tour with Wanda
Jackson that drew more rave reviews and new fans. Rosie's cover
of Butch Hancock's "Boxcars" subsequently appeared in three movie
soundtracks. In 1997 Rounder Records re-released bonus tracks. Later
that same year, Watermelon Records released A Little Bit of
Heartache, a duet recording with rockabilly legend Ray Campi.
In March of 1999 Rounder Records released Dance Hall Dreams,
which spent two weeks in the #1 position on the Gavin Americana
charts and garnered rave reviews from People magazine, "...shows why
she's such a favorite with the dance-hall and jukebox crowd."
Entertainment Weekly, "Flores can always be counted on to deliver
a set brimming with originality" and the Los Angeles Times, "...solid
outing... she rocks and swings like crazy." In June, shortly after
moving to Nashville, she won the 1999 L.A. Weekly Music Awards for Best
For up to the minute information on whirlwind Rosie and her
forthcoming tour dates check out her website at
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