Thursday, January 07, 2010

The Memphis Minnie of Rockabilly – Rosie Flores Charms Basement Discs

Rosie Flores, introducing the song Me And My Chauffeur Blues, explained that she was put on to Memphis Minnie by Lucinda Williams who remarked at the time that Rosie could be called the "Memphis Minnie of Rockabilly".

Playing an acoustic fender guitar, Rosie Flores entertained the crowd at
Basement Discs at lunchtime today with a delightful short set that encompassed songs from her latest CD Girl of the Century and several from her back catalogue. She is a spectacular guitarist and an engaging performer, rocking it up with lively rockabilly rhythms.

It was a rare chance to see Rosie Flores as she is in the country by default and will only be doing a few shows, mostly house concerts. It has been 12 years since she was last in Melbourne; I saw her play the late lamented Continental Club in 1998.

As well as the Memphis Minnie song mentioned above, she played Get Rhythm, Jon Langford song Halfway Home, Bring It On, the slow burning Box Cars, fun piece Hot Dog and This Cat’s In the Doghouse.

Unfortunately my photos didn’t turn out that good, the one above being the best and it doesn’t show her really cool cowboy boots.

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