How do you describe a 40+ year career in music in just a few paragraphs? Most of you probably don't know Rosie Flores, so we kinda want to tell you something about her. That's not easy, given Rosie's history and musical tastes.
Let's start with “unique”. Rosie's a songwriter. A guitar slinger, named one of the 75 best female guitarists EVER). She's country. Rockabilly. Rock & roll. And the blues. Rosie's latest record, A Simple Case of the Blues, was released in 2019. There's no doubt this is a blues record, with a mix of songs written by Rosie (with co-writer Rachel Gladstone) and Rosie's treatment of a few blues covers - and a Wilson Picket tune. And a Dwight Yoakam song. That's Rosie. The blues runs through everything she does, but infused with country, rockabilly and the occasional Stevie Ray Vaughan-like licks on the guitar.
Rosie has released 14 albums and performed on dozens of others' records. She's been profiled in Guitar World, Premiere Guitar and Guitar Player magazines. She was named as one of the “Top 75 Greatest Female Guitarists of All Time” by Venuszine magazine. She performed at a tribute to Chuck Berry at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. She has worked with, and helped propel back in to the spotlight, pioneer female rockabilly artists Wanda Jackson and Janis Martin. In 2007, she won a Peabody Award for her narration of the rockabilly documentary, Whole Lotta Shakin’.
So, what will you hear at a Rosie Flores concert? A little bit of all of this and a few stories from an artist who's played all over the world in venues large and small. We're pretty excited to host this concert for Rosie and we hope you'll join us.
It was a dark and stormy night. Literally. Gale force winds, pouring rain and roaring thunder, a tornado watch and bay bridge delays. That all happened outside during 2018's Adam & Chris Carroll concert at MCC. Inside, it was another story. Adam and Chris played and sang their hearts out and shared great stories with a full house of music lovers that had come from all over Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Memorable doesn't begin to describe that evening.
Adam is a native Texan, Chris a transplanted Canadian. They met at a Canadian music festival in 2012, married, & have been making music and touring together in their RV with their three dogs ever since. Adam is a bit shy, Chris is more outgoing. They both have a sharp wit that finds its way into their music and their story telling. Between them, they have released 14 records; nine solo Adam records, four solo Chris records, and one duo record.
Slaid Cleaves calls Adam "the quintessential small-town song writer," adding, "Travel outside the cities of this country & you'll recognize the barbecue-joint waitresses, the rice farmers, the karaoke singers, the black-flag pirates & the hi-fi lovers of this land--you'll meet them all in Adam's true-to-life songs." Jon Dee Graham says Adam "may be the best songwriter Texas ever produced." Many of you know we love "extraordinary songs about ordinary life", and no one captures ordinary life like Adam. Check out the lyrics to Errol's Song and Blondie & Dagwood.
Their latest releases came in 2019 with I Walked In Them Shoes - an Adam solo record, and Good Farmer - a Chris & Adam duo record. Both - not surprisingly - feature original songs written by Adam and Chris, along with co-writes with folks like Michael O'Connor, Paul Cauthen, Dustin Welch and Halleyanna Finlay.