The first time I saw Rosie Flores was on an opening slot for Marshall Crenshaw at The Bottom Line, probably early 90's. Crenshaw fans will know of Rosie as the female vocalist on Marshall's beautiful track, "Somewhere Down The Line." I had a few of Rosie Flores' records prior to this live performance, but it was this short set that made me a fan for life.
Since then, she's put out some terrific music, especially strong are her last two for Bloodshot Records, both of which show off her incredible guitar playing. Then, about three years ago, I caught Rosie live again, this time at The Mercury Lounge, with legendary Bowie axeman Earl Slick as her other guitar player. A crazy good show! I had been waiting for the release of her new record with Slick, but nothing ever came of it.
Now, "A Simple Case Of The Blues" has arrived and from what I can tell, Earl Slick is nowhere to be found. But, it is produced by Dylan sideman, another guitar virtuoso, Charlie Sexton, and man alive, this baby is something else. You won't find any new ground covered, but that's fine by me. This is Rosie Flores doing what she does best, and that's the way it should be.