Rosie Flores Combo @ Nells, Saturday 15/02/2020

All-star band features Geraint Watkins, Paul Riley & Malcolm Mills
Alternative country meets the rockabilly revival meets California guitar virtuosity in the music of Rosie Flores. Since the late 1970s, guitarist, singer, and songwriter Flores has been an important figure on the roots music scene in both Austin, Texas and LA. She’s a hard-working, independently minded artist who’s well-respected for her gritty, energetic vocals and fiery guitar solos.

She began in punk rock (with her ’70s-era band, the Screaming Sirens), country music of both the Bakersfield and Nashville varieties, the Texas singer/songwriter scene, alt-country, straight-up rock, and rockabilly. So much so the latter, that her onstage moniker for years was “Rockabilly Filly”—but through it all,  she was the “Chick with the Pick.”

Profiled in Guitar WorldPremiere Guitar and Guitar Player magazines, Flores was cited by Venuszine as one of the “Greatest Female Guitarists of All Time.” Along the way, she released a number of critically acclaimed albums—among them, her solo debut, 1987’s Rosie Flores, 1995’s Rockabilly Filly, 1999’s Dance Hall Dreams, the acoustic live set Single Rose in 2004, 2009’s Girl of the Century and, in 2012, the aptly-named, self-produced Working Girl’s Guitar.

In recent years, Flores worked with pioneer female rockabilly artists Wanda Jackson and Janis Martin, in an effort to help propel them back into the spotlight.  In 2007, she won a Peabody Award for those efforts, and her narration of the rockabilly documentary, Whole Lotta Shakin’. Flores later produced The Blanco Sessions, which would prove to be Janis Martin’s last recording.

Simple Case of the Blues brings Flores full circle and takes square aim at a genre she has only touched on in the past. She lends her soulful voice and fiery guitar to songs by Roy Brown, Wilson Pickett, Heath Wilson, and a spate of new originals. Produced by songwriter/guitarist Charlie Sexton  (Bob Dylan, The Arc Angels)., with an assist by guitarist Kenny Vaughan (Marty Stuart, Lucinda Williams), Simple Case of the Blues was, to hear Flores tell it, a long time coming: “I got infatuated with the blues in high school,” says Flores. “It was the first music I ever played.”

She returns to the blues now as a seasoned performer steeped in life’s uncompromising lessons. At once torchy, soulful, heartfelt and yearning, Simple Case of the Blues “is the music you make when you’ve come through joy and heartbreak and back again,” says Flores. “It’s an ongoing process; I’ve mastered the life of a musician, but I’ll be working on the guitar for the rest of my life.”

Tonight’s show will consist of two long sets (from 8 pm) comprising old and new music.

Rosie Flores Band will be:

ROSIE FLORES (vox/ gtr.)
GERAINT WATKINS (vox/ keys/ accordion)
TBA (drums)
Rosie Flores Band at Nell’s, 3 North End Crescent, West Kensington, London, W14 8TG
Saturday 15th February 2020 / Doors open 7:30 pm / 1st set 8 pm
Ages: 16+ only. 16s to 18s must be accompanied by an adult. No refunds will be given for incorrectly booked tickets.


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