One of very few women who regularly commands a standing ovation for playing lead guitar, artist Rosie Flores rocked the crowd recently at a packed club in Nashville. A self-described “country and roots rock-‘n-roller since forever,” Flores’ colorful stage personae features a unique wardrobe- part-western, part sex kitten. Wowing the audience with the authority of a master, Flores set featured a solo acoustic performance, rockin’ tunes with her kick-ass band, plus brand new and untested songs... and it all worked. As it should for a seasoned performer recently turned 50.
As singer/songwriter and guitarist, the Hispanic Texas-born Flores has been playing music since the Seventies, and she shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. She’s a legend in some circles, having been nominated in 1986 for the “Horizon Award for Best New Female Vocalist,” which was televised. Her first album was released on Warner Bros/ Reprise in 1987, eponymously titled “Rosie Flores”. “I thought it was one of the best records I’ve ever done,” she says. “It was very exciting and basically put my name on the map.” She did her first “Austin City Limits” in 1989, and she was awarded the “Best Swing & Rockabilly Band” in 1999 at the LA Weekly Music Awards. One of the highlights of her career happened in 2003 when she appeared in “By The Hand Of The Father” and “we performed the whole play with Alejandro Escavedo and his band and two other actors.” She’s recorded with the Texas Tornados, Joe Ely, Marshall Crenshaw, and many, many more. Plus, for the past several years, Rosie has been member of “Hen House,” an all-female rhythm & blues/honky tonk band/ roadhouse project that’s also based in Texas and features Rosie, plus Cindy Cashdollar, Lisa Prankratz, and Sarah Brown.
Last year, she released her own highly acclaimed CD called aptly, “Single Rose” and this summer, she once again toured extensively with the great Wanda Jackson. “I’ve been credited with bringing her back,” Flores tells Dish. “Because she hadn’t recorded in years and I was the one who put her on record and took her on her first rock and roll tour in America in 30 years.”