With the release of sublime sophomore platter “Heartbreaker of the Year,” it’s time everyone got acquainted with Whitney Rose, the up-and-coming Canadian country crooner whose career has been trumpeted by none other than the legendary Raul Malo of The Mavericks. Malo & Co. tapped Rose to open for them on tour in 2012 and 2014 and Malo stepped into the producer’s chair for the new album.
“I love this record,” says Malo, who also plays guitar and percussion on the record — and duests with Rose on a delightful cover of The Ronettes’ “Be My Baby.” “I’m honored to have played a part in making it. The songs are so strong no one could ruin them … not even me.”
There’s an old-school feel to the Rose’s music (“I’m very attracted to the simplicity of older music,” she says. “It’s straightforward; here’s a story, here’s a feeling … three chords and the truth.) who cites Hank Williams as one of her heroes. She pays homage to her musical idol with a faithful cover of “There’s a Tear in My Beer.”
The rest of the album is comprised of eight originals that showcase Rose’s blossoming gifts as a writer. She shines brightest on “Little Piece of You,” the title track, “Only Just a Dream,” “The Devil Borrowed My Boots” and “Ain’t It Wise.” This one is a winner, y’all. (Jeffrey Sisk)