Whitney Rose describes her music as “vintage-pop-infused-neo-traditional-country,” and her upcoming album, Heartbreaker Of The Year, is simply that. The new video of Rose performing the title track "Heartbreaker of the Year” live is evidence of her genuine, no-frills, approach to making true to the soul, honest, roots music. The video marks the third in a series of eight videos of her performance Live at The Hacienda. Set for release in Canada on April 21 via Cameron House Records, Rose will celebrate Heartbreaker Of The Year with a special performance that day at The Horseshoe Tavern. Following that it seems only fitting that Rose would join genre-defying country legends, The Mavericks, on their Canadian dates. After all, it was through their tour together in 2014 that Raul Malo (The Mavericks) was inspired to produce, play, and sing with Rose on the album. "I love this record,” says Malo. “I'm honoured to have played a part in the making of it. The songs are so strong no one could ruin them...not even me." Recorded in four days at Revolution Studios in Toronto the album also features Jay Weaver (Mavericks, Dolly Parton) on bass, Nichol Robertson (Devin Cuddy Band) on guitars, Jerry Dale McFadden (Mavericks) on keys, Paul Deakin (Mavericks) on drums, Burke Carroll on pedal steel, and Drew Jurecka on strings. Learning the songs on the spot, the band came through with a completely spontaneous recording that brings Rose’s wondrous vocals and discerning lyrical content to the spotlight. Heartbreaker Of The Year was mixed at Capitol Records by Niko Bolas (Neil Young, Keith Richards, Rod Stewart), who supposes he “should take this opportunity to wax poetic about the charm, wit, and sexy cynicism of Whitney Rose, but that's a lot of words. So I will just say she has the shit." Raised on a steady dose of George Jones, Patsy Cline, and Connie Francis, it’s no shock that Rose would pay respect to her vintage pop and classic country roots with two covers – a duet with Malo on The Ronettes’ “Be My Baby” and a haunting lullaby take on Hank Williams’ “There’s a Tear In My Beer.” The other eight tracks on Heartbreaker Of The Year are Whitney Rose originals which present the musical stylings of her influences for the modern era. Songs of heartbreak (“Heartbreaker of the Year”), love (“Ain’t It Wise”), love lost (“The Last Party”), firsts (“My First Rodeo”), being a brat (“The Devil Borrowed My Boots”), and unhealthy coping mechanisms (“Only Just A Dream”) cement the fact that the classic country themes are upheld here too. The album will be Rose's second on Cameron House Records. An offshoot of the legendary Toronto club, made famous by Handsome Ned, Cameron House Records is carrying on the tradition of being a driving force behind the burgeoning roots music scene. Along with Whitney Rose, other signees include Doug Paisley, The Devin Cuddy Band, Sam Cash & The Romantic Dogs, and Al Tuck.
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