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A country Rose 

Whitney Rose carries on the current country revival.

“I grew up with my mom and my grandparents in PEI,” says Rose, “and they always had a lot of classic country playing around.”
  • “I grew up with my mom and my grandparents in PEI,” says Rose, “and they always had a lot of classic country playing around.”

It's a good year to be a girl making country music, from Kacey Musgraves and Ashley Monroe challenging genre conventions to Rayna Jaymes and Juliette Barnes singing through the drama on Nashville. "I think there's something of a revival happening right now, and I hope it's not a trend," says Whitney Rose, calling from the van in PEI a couple days after her Cavendish Beach Music Festival gig. (The festival was closed by another formidable force, the Dixie Chicks.) "The pessimist in me would say that's the case," she says, laughing. Rose sings songs that recall a Cline-ish time long before her 27 years, ie: "What a waste of time, all the books we read/there ain't no prince, chivalry is dead." "I grew up with my mom and my grandparents in PEI," she says of the influence, "and they always had a lot of classic country playing around."


w/Ryan Cook, Sun July 14,
The Carleton, 1685 Argyle Street, $15, 9pm

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