EP Review: Whitney Rose - “South Texas Suite”

Canadian country traditionalist showcases growth on her third release via Six Shooter Records.

Channeling classic country Texas-mex on “Three Minute Love Affair,” Whitney Rose opens up her self-produced EP (Recorded at Dale Watson’s studio in Austin, Texas) with the kind music that dominates the dance halls of Texas today and yesterday (and features some hot accordion from Michael Guerra). “Analog” authentically recalls the best of years gone by with musicians including studio legends Earl Poole Ball and Redd Volkeart on piano and guitar, respectively.

“My Boots” is this albums first single and it feels like a long lost Emmylou Harris classic (as if performed by Loretta Lynn) and is a first rate slice of honky tonk music and is only bested by the two songs which follow, the waltz “Blue Bonnets” and stellar “Lookin’ Back on Luckenbach,” a steel guitar soaked, tear in your beer ballad.

Whitney Rose has worked closely with Raul Malo of The Mavericks and she’s clearly learned from her mentor (who produced the 2015 album Heartbreaker of the Year) and that time working and touring with him and gigging around her new home in Austin has paid off in spades with South Texas Suite.