Legendary blues-rocker, Rosie Flores, celebrated the finale of her C-Boys Heart and Soul residency last Friday with the release of her brand new single, “Drive Drive Drive“. The rockabilly singer-songwriter has performed every Friday this Summer at C-Boys and last week’s final show just so happened to coincide with the City of Austin’s “Rosie Flores Day” making the single release party extra special. The single is from Flores’ forthcoming album, SIMPLE CASE OF THE BLUES, due out in early 2019 and finds the artist revitalizing the sound she began with nearly five decades ago.
“‘Drive Drive Drive’ was inspired by every woman’s passion to take the wheel and go exactly where she wants to go, while its sexual innuendos take us places everyone wants to go,” said Rosie Flores.
Where Flores goes is straight back to her early roots to reinvent her sound on this offering of bluesy guitar riffs and sultry, soulful vocals. Recorded in Nashville, “Drive Drive Drive” features Flores on electric lead guitar and vocals, trading guitar solos with renowned guitarist Kenny Vaughn (Marty Stuart, Lucinda Williams). Co-produced by Charlie Sexton (Bob Dylan, The Arc Angels) who also lends his hand on rhythm guitar; the recording also features Dave Roe (Johnny Cash) on electric and upright bass, Jimmy Lester on drums, T Jarrod Bonta on piano and Mike Flanigin (Jimmie Vaughan) on organ.
Flores has been a highly acclaimed and respected artist for decades. She has been profiled in Guitar World, Premiere Guitar and Guitar Player magazines, and was cited by Venuszine as one of the “Top 75 Greatest Female Guitarists of All Time.” In 2007, she won a Peabody Award for her narration of the rockabilly documentary, “Whole Lotta Shakin’.” In addition, she has worked with, and helped to propel back into the spotlight, such pioneer female rockabilly artists as Wanda Jackson and Janis Martin. In 2012, Flores produced The Blanco Sessions, which would prove to be Janis Martin’s last recording.
Check out “Drive Drive Drive” below along with a few shots from Rosie Flores Day at C-Boys Heart and Soul.
Rosie Flores at C-Boys Heart and Soul
Photos By: Anie Walsh