Apr 3, 2014
You can come to Austin's premier jazz venue The Elephant Room and listen to some of the greatest jazz instrumentalists and vocalists around. I am thrilled that my Blue Moon Jazz Quartet is apprearing there on a Thursday each month for Happy Hour 6 to 8pm. I started singing standards and covers by some of the greats starting way back when I was living in Los Angeles in the late 90's and it wasn't until i teamed up with these extraordinary players, T Jarrod Bonta on piano, Jim Stringer on guitar and Randall Glines on upright bass that I got a chance to sing all of my favorite classic jazz standards again. Our arrangements are unique and it's swonderful and smarvelous to do what I love doing which is to sing jazz songs and listen to the guys play so beautifully as we all perform together as The Blue Moon Jazz Quartet. Check here at my tour dates page to see when our next performances will be!
Feb 22, 2014
Thanks to Dale Watson for giving me a chance to win 2 Ameripolitan Awards last week! ROCKABILLY AND HONKY TONK FEMALE~There is a wave of appreciation pouring out to me for the years that I've been out here promoting women in Rockabilly, Wanda Jackson, Janis Martin, Marti Brom, to name a few. Thanks for the #2 spot, but I do not feel that I deserve a number 2 spot here, maybe 8 or 9?. I thought I'd explain a little here where I come from to the younger audiences out there who may also disagree with my spot as number 2. I started a rockabilly band in San diego in 1979 called the Reboppin' Screamers and it was so difficult to find players there who understood the genre and the sound, the dress etc... I then moved to LA and started searching out others who were in it and found Levi Dexter and his band the Rockats, Ray Campi, last but not least James Intveld. I found a home at the Palamino club and after being influenced by Gary Stewart the Honky Tonk singer from Kentucky/Florida, I found my voice somewhere between Tanya Tucker and Gene Vincent. I became a Screamin' Siren and played smash up rockabilly guitar for Pleasant Gehman and learned more about the British Rockabilly bands and went out on my own from there landing a deal with WB/Reprise Records out of Nashville. The label told me that rockabilly was the kiss of death on radio (this was just before the Stray Cats broke out) so they tamed me down to a clean country sound but I recorded with Pete Anderson as a producer ( Dwight Yoakam) and James Intveld as well as Greg Leisz and Donald Lindley so my sound was appreciated all around the world and here in the states. I recorded a country Wanda Jackson and Carl Perkins song so I could still pay tribute to my influences without stirring up too much trouble. Before long the label dropped me anyway for being too different even though the James Intveld song "Crying Over You entered the Billboard Charts and gave me a name in Europe and here. The label decided to push kd Lang instead of me and the rest is just rosie history. I've stayed on the road never giving up my career in music. I've played just about every dancehall and honky tonk, festival, European markets included, ever since. I'm over 60 years old (hush hush cause I don't look it) but I still feel like I'm the 16 year old girl who started Penelope's Children in my parents garage in the late 60's using my brothers gear. So I'm happy to be appreciated because lord knows how long I've been doing this. However with the musical influences that have crossed my life, starting with Jazz, Rockabilly, Motown, Surf, Blues, Pop, Punk, Country and Honky Tonk. I don't want to be put in a bag of one sound...even though I so appreciate the rockabilly category #2 spot, it is just part of who I am and there are other female's out there who are probably more deserving of a higher mark here especially the early pioneer women as well as the newer Marti Brom, Imelda Mae and Kim Lenz. Thanks for following, appreciating and digging my sounds. sincerely, Rosie Flores
Feb 4, 2014
Why does Spring take so long to get here? It's my favorite time of the year. I love seeing all the Flowers! er Flores, if I may! Either way the rosie's are still blooming~Love the colors and especially the bluebonnets in the fields of Austin. SXSW Music festival mid March will keep me busy again with daytime parties on Wednesday and Friday with an Official showcase on Saturday. Ck the tour schedule for updates and details on that week as we get closer, if you are visiting us here during SXSW. I plan on touring hard this year as usual, so please feel free to sign up and I'll put you on my email list when we head to your town this year. Looking forward to going back to the West Coast as well as the East coast and the Midwest. Plans for Europe will be in Spain in early June with Marti Brom to promote yet another Janis Martin Tribute show. There are plans to record something cool and new soon, will finish writing my book and even knock out a few more paintings just for the fun of it. More exciting news soon, keep checking back here for more updates. Thanks! rosie xo
Nov 3, 2013
Hey! check out my new video Yeah Yeah, a tribute to Duane Jarvis -Directed by Yuri Figueroa. Yeah Yeah is a song from my latest cd "Working Girl's Guitar" available at BloodshotRecords.com I've been loving spending time in Abingdon, Virginia on my retreat and working on my memoirs. My book will hopefully be finished in a couple of months and I will start looking for a publisher! It's nice to be in Virginia, it's a beautiful change from Austin, although I do miss my home. What's also great about this retreat is that I'm getting a chance to rest my voice completely. At this point I have not spoken since Nov. 2nd. so I am hopeful that I can avoid surgery because I'm planning on performing a lot in 2014 both with my Jazz quartet and my rockin' band in Austin. The year starts with a bang! On January 9th, I'll be performing on stage for one of my favorite guitar players Albert Lee, for his birthday celebration with a wonderful lineup of amazing guitar players. Then January 11th back in Austin with Alejandro Escovedo at the Moody theater with another stellar line up of songwriters and musicians. I'm going to stick around for a couple of months and then planning to hit the road for various tours; like Spain with Marti Brom to continue promoting "The Blanco Sessions" that I produced for Janis Martin- and we'll see what comes up for the New year! But before that, Next month, I'm looking forward to doing several Christmas dates with the fabuloso El Vez! The Latino Elvis! A lot of fun will be had at our Holiday spirited Merry Mexmas shows on the west coast. I will be promoting my Christmas Cd "Christmasville", you can pick one up here at this site for your holiday party or to fill your favorite rosie fan's stocking!! I'm grateful for everyone in my life, I keep my heart filled with gladness that i get to do what I do. Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Holidays my friends! cheers, rosie
Nov 3, 2013
Hi Everybody! I'm excited to announce that I am about to release a new music video for my song "Yeah Yeah" from my latest "Working Girls Guitar" CD and LP. It is nearly finished and will be ready to post and share asap. The song "yeah Yeah" was co-written with, Pat Gallagher and Rachel Gladstone one afternoon in Nashville when we all decided to get together and write the day before Duane Jarvis's memorial concert at the Basement. The song is dedicated for our close buddy, Duane because we feel like he was in the room adding a line or two no kidding! The song has beautiful meaning and power with a sweet message. "Love makes everyone a part of everything...yeah yeah" I'm taking some time off in a small town in Virginia right now to rest my voice and to finish writing my book of short stories titled "Wacky Truckstop Candy and Road Stories". This is the coolest thing I've ever done. I'm having a tough time keeping quiet but so far so good! Writing prose has been a passion of mine for sometime and I can't wait to let ya'll in on a few inside stories about being a young woman in a rock n roll band on the road without a manager or a husband. January's calendar is starting to fill up starting in Agora Hills, Ca with sensational guitarist Albert Lee and then to Austin with a great songwriter Alejandro Escovedo! Thanks for checking in and have a wonderful Autumn wherever you are! rfxo
Aug 3, 2013
Mar 11, 2013
Howdy from Austin, home of SXSW in March. Everybody comes to town, everybody plays and everyone has a great time, it's totally nutz here but we always manage to make new friends and have a great time. For those who are here for this week in Austin, here is my performing schedule for the week: (CK WEB SITE HERE FOR THE LOCATIONS.) 13th-Wed~LUCY'S FRIED CHICKEN 4:pm-4:40pm South Austin, 14th-Thurs~ I'm free to roam! 15th-Fri.~ 12:30pm to 1pm- afternoon, Bloodshot Party at YARD DOG on Congress Ave. ... SIRIUS RADIO LIVE WITH MOJO NIXON, 6:00ish, 16th-Sat.~ 9:am-10 Patsy Cline/Kitty Wells Panel! with Holly George Warren/CONVENTION CENTER, ...6:30-7:pm~ MARIA'S TACO EXPRESS on S. Lamar (Alejandro Escovedo's party) ...9:05 to 9:45~Official SXSW Showcase at LAMBERTS, w. 2nd St. Downtown performing with Redd Volkart and Billy Horton's band, Texas Songwriters Group, 17th-Sun~ 6:pm to 7:00 CONTINENTAL CLUB, Alejandro Escovedo's closing sx party! Later in the month I'll be joining Marti Brom for our Janis Martin Tribute at Viva Las Vegas so it's going to be a fun filled and rockin' month, so glad the new years starting off so well! More news soon, keep checkin' in and thanks for coming and supporting live music and for buying my CD's and stuff!! "Working Girls Guitar" and others available here on this site! later!! xo rosie
Jan 30, 2013
Hey everybody! Just got back from the NAMM show in Anaheim, Ca. Had lots of fun hanging at the James Trussart Guitar booth jamming with the cool and great Earl Slick as well as Rockabilly legend Danny B. Harvey and also Bobby Cochran (Eddie Cochran's nephew). Also enjoyed my time hanging at Gretsch Guitars and Taylor Guitars where all the energy of the day kept buzzing with music and friendly musician types. With all the guitar press and appreciation surrounding me, (Guitar Player Mag. Jan issue and Premier Guitar latest issue) it's great to finally be considered a guitar player after all these years by the industry, and it's about time cause I've been playing lead guitar since my first all girl band that I started in 1966 "Penelope's children" and later on in the 80's, the Screamin' Sirens out of Hollywood. Anyway, I'm having a blast now. The year started off with a fun show at the Moody Theater in Austin celebrating 35 years of the music of Alejandro Escovedo Who invited me to do a couple of his songs. I love the "Velvet Guitar" song that i performed and you can find our performance on Youtube and share in the excitement if you put in: rosie flores velvet guitar. If this first month of the year is any indication of what's yet to come, then I'm gonna love sharing some great stories with you all as the months flow by. Do check in every month for my updates! Happy New Year to you all and thanks for stopping by to see and hear what's new in "rosie world". Cheers, rf
Oct 10, 2012
This Fall is so exciting for me, I am so pleased that the Janis Martin Cd and her Pink Vinyl of “The Blanco Sessions” is out and doing really well!! Go to: Cowislandmusic.com I had the pleasure of speaking on NPR ‘s Weekend Edition with Rachel all about my experience with meeting and getting to know Janis and finally taking her in the studio. Go to: http://www.npr.org/2012/09/30/161968431/janis-martin-the-female-elvis-returns
Starting in Seattle, Rockabilly darling Marti Brom joins me on our promotional tour performing songs off the Blanco Sessions and RCA 50’s recordings. We will also be performing songs off of Marti’s Broms many cd’s and finally songs from my brand new cd on Bloodshot records “Working Girls Guitar” with the release date for October 16th! Go to: Bloodshotrecords.com
Please see the touring schedule to the right for a show near your town and come on out and bring your dancing shoes, we’d love to see you out there and you can pick up posters, T-shirts, vinyl and cd’s from us gals. Cheers, rosie
Jul 25, 2012
This is an exciting summer because I'm getting close to releasing 2 new cd's! For starters; FINALLY- Janis Martin's "The Blanco Sessions" will be hitting the streets with a release date on Sept. 18th on Cow Island Music! However, the kickstarter.com supporters will be getting their cd's and rewards 2 weeks before that and we so appreciate their patience, it's been an unbelievable ride. There was so much ground to cover and my team and I have worked very hard to complete this project. I'm really proud of the hard work that this team has put down and it is looking and sounding awesome. At the same time, I have been working towards finishing my newest Cd due out this Fall in October, self produced "Working Girls Guitar". This will be the first studio recording's where I have undertaken playing every single guitar part all by myself, it's a whole lotta rosie! There will be some exciting shows to come and see in your towns and looking forward to all the Janis CD release shows that we hope to make in your cities. When we show up to play I hope you will please come and pick up Janis's The Blanco Sessions, a poster or a t-shirt and some Rosie stuff too. You'll be glad you did, this new stuff rocks! Thanks for stopping by my new updated website and keep coming back for more news on what I'll be stirring up this summer and onward around these 2 fantastic releases! xo rosie
Feb 28, 2012
Hello! Thanks for stoping by~
I've been hard at work this year finishing the final touches on the Janis Martin recording's which would not be possible without the kickstarter.com funding and a certain record label's involvement of which I will hopefully announce by name soon. The Cd's and Vinyl will be manufactured this Spring and are being mastered this month by Joe Gastwick in LA under the title "The Blanco Sessions". Producing this record in 2007 was a dream come true for me and drummer Bobby Trimble (Modern Don Juans, Big Sandy,The Ugly Beats). As many rockabilly fans know, Janis passed away shortly after she recorded the sessions in Blanco Texas, this was supposed to be her comeback CD. I had been coaxing her to record with me for 10 years! We are now getting close to releasing an amazing 11 song masterpiece of some of her favorite rock n roll songs that she hand picked. Together with Trimble we found some cool rock songs that she loved performing live. Some were originally recorded by the likes of Ruth Brown, Ronnie Dawson and Dave Alvin to name a few. The CD will be released to the public this spring after the kickstarter donaters are taken care of first. Finally her fans around the world will be able to hear her incredible vocals which are so chilling that it will make the hair stand up on the back of your neck. I want other rock n roll female musicians to discover her vocals and songwriting so that they can be inspired as much as I was through the years.
Nov 12, 2011
The Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland was completely awesome to me this year when they invited me to bring in my multi media performance on January 25th with a 64 picture slide show of Janis' life. With a live band of stellar musicians featuring Marti Brom and myself on vocals, we had a blast telling stories about Janis and her life. In an era where Wanda Jackson, Jerry Lee, and Elvis were the kings and queens of early rock n roll, Janis (who was called The Female Elvis) was also a very integral part of the group of young artists who helped give birth to rock n roll back in the mid to late 1950's. I feel that it's so very important to help preserve her name as one of those early pioneers of female rockabilly and rock n roll by bringing this awesome recording out to her old fans as well as the new ones discovering her each and everyday. If you do not know about Janis Martin, I suggest that you take some time to google her and check her out on youtube and the internet to discover for yourself what made her a rare and special artist to the end.
Other news:I am in the middle of recording a brand new Rosie CD, i's a rocker and I hope to have it out this year, so keep checking back here to see when that will be released on Bloodshot Records. I'll be hitting the road to bring the Janis Tribute to a theater hopefully near you and will be performing with my band too. So please ck the tour dates here for more information. I will try to be better at keeping up here so thanks for stopping by my website as well as, FB, Twitter etc. to find out what's new and exciting this year. Keep the faith and stay true to yourself.