Rosie Flores

Rosie Flores

Trevor McSpadden, Ginger Cowgirl

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

8:30 pm

Soda Bar

$12.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Rosie Flores
Rosie Flores
Rosie Flores is one of those musical treasures that lurk beneath the popular "culture" radar and we ignore at our own peril lest they get discouraged and disappear, only to be "discovered" by Sweden or Italy or somewhere. (No offense, we love you Sweden! Ti amiamo Italia!) Then we are left to scratch our heads and say "Hey, why didn't WE love her first?" It's like when we ignored Howlin' Wolf and then let the Brits sell a watered down version of it back to us in the guise of the Rolling Stones. It ain't right.

Beginning in the late 70s with her rockabilly punk band the Screamin' Sirens, Rosie Flores has been crafting a pioneering career in the roots underground. She was an integral part of the LA New Traditionalist scene that gave rise to Dwight Yoakam and Los Lobos, recorded with West Coast roots icon Ray Campi, swing masters Asleep At The Wheel, and rockabilly and riot grrl icons Janis Martin and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Wanda Jackson on the seminal (and thoroughly kick-ass) album The Rockabilly Filly. Rosie also raised funds for and produced the posthumous Janis Martin album The Blanco Sessions released in 2012.

We've been Rosie fan for-EVER. We'd catch her every time we possibly could over the years. She'd tear the roof off Fitzgerald's in Berwyn, or the Continental in Austin, or wherever our paths crossed. She's also cracked the boys club full of preening DUDE guitar shredders. Her top-notch guitar playing is always revelatory. Tell her (or us) she plays good "for a girl" at your own peril---there are few out there who play with the mix of virtuosity and wild energy than she does.

And just for the record, August 31st, 2006 was declared "Rosie Flores Day" in Austin TX. Have YOU ever had a day named in your honor...?
Trevor McSpadden
Trevor McSpadden
Amarillo native Trevor McSpadden moved to Chicago in 2005 expecting his love for old-school honky-tonk to go undernourished, but within a few years he found kindred souls and landed a gig that would launch his career. Between 2008 and 2013 McSpadden served as lead singer for local country institution the Hoyle Brothers, pushing a solid band toward greatness (the combo managed to survive his loss, though his departure has certainly stung). Following a brief stint in Nashville, McSpadden packed his bags for San Diego and just recently dropped his second solo album, The Only Way (Chaparral Street Music). A blast of soulful twang, with frequent Tex-Mex flavors, the record was produced by Pete Anderson, the guy who guided Dwight Yoakam’s sound for many years. It shows again that McSpadden has no interest in reinventing honky-tonk, instead preferring to find new wrinkles deep within the genre—here a crisp rhythm attack in combination with the woozy pedal steel and flanged rhythm guitar of the 70s surrounds his unfussy singing. Most of his songs deal with familiar strains of heartbreak, infidelity, and romantic longing: “His Wedding Ring Is Gone” employs a Hangover-like conceit, with the subject regretfully waking up to realize he’s hawked his wedding ring for a night of drunken sex, while “Write a Song for You” cleverly finds the narrator wagging his finger at an ex, betraying his indifference while singing, “I’ve wasted enough time / Why would I waste a rhyme?” –Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, Aug 2016
Ginger Cowgirl
Ginger Cowgirl
San Diego-based Ginger Cowgirl hit the scene in 2015 after award-winning vocalist Stacy Antonel took a shine to some old country LPs. Already a working jazz and rock vocalist, country music was a new adventure but it paid off. Soon the new band was performing regularly throughout San Diego, from honky-tonk dives to a sold-out show at 98 Bottles to the legendary Belly Up.

The band features eclectic, multi-lingual vocalist Stacy Antonel, who in 2013 took home the grand prize in Fox San Diego’s televised singing series “3 Minutes to Stardom”. She’s backed by a band composed of both young newcomers to the genre and seasoned musicians who’ve played with everyone from AJ Croce to Don Williams. A key component of the band’s sound is their old-school instrumentation and excellent musicianship: pedal steel and Telecaster chicken pickin’ are central to their musical approach. Nevertheless, this isn’t strictly traditional country; the band’s song selections, widely varying musical tastes and the unique quality of Antonel’s vocals combine for a distinctly modern, indie take on the classic country genre.

After two years of garnering a local following the band is presently working on their debut recording. Antonel & lead guitarist Sam Hunt (no, not that one!) cowrite the bulk of the the band’s originals, incorporating influences as varied as Sturgill Simpson and Lorde. Their self-titled debut EP is due out Summer 2017. Until then, you can catch the band regularly throughout San Diego, paying their best musical respects to country artists like Willie Nelson, Patsy Cline & Elvis, in addition to their indie country originals.
Venue Information:
Soda Bar
3615 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA, 92104
http://www.sodabarmusic.com/