Review: Whitney Rose – South Texas Suite (Six Shooter Records/Universal Music Canada)

I’ve been proudly singing the praises of Prince Edward Island native Whitney Rose to anyone that will listen since I first saw her perform in late 2013. Unfortunately for me – but fortunately for the always charming Rose – one of my most favourite musical secrets isn’t going to remain that way for long if South Texas Suite is any indication.

After having relocated to Austin in late 2015, Rose has immersed herself in the musical flavours offered by the city and landed herself a world-class band, which helps the vocalist offer listeners glimpses of Tex-Mex-infused country (“Three Minute Love Affair”) while also helping her remain true to her classic country-inspired roots on “Bluebonnets For My Baby,” “My Boots” and the phenomenal, albeit too brief instrumental EP closer “How ‘Bout A Hand For The Band.”

If new country music fails to resonate with you on a deeper level – and let’s be frank, it’s about as shallow as you can get nowadays – Whitney Rose has your number. Get on this train before it leaves the station. You won’t regret your decision.