The self-assured, wiser than its years "Own Side Now" slowly began drawing well-earned comparisons to Patsy Cline and even Stevie Nicks, and when Rose signed with Dave Matthews' ATO label, which re-released "Own Side Now" in September, things started getting interesting in a hurry.
Rose, who plays the Birchmere with Hayes Carll on Monday, talked to Click Track about life in a country music family (her mom, Liz is a famed songwriter who co-wrote a handful of Taylor Swift hits including "You Belong With Me," and her dad also works in the industry) and her new/old album.
You get a lot of reviews saying you're the second coming of Patsy Cline or Linda Ronstadt. Is that what you were going for?
I'm nowhere near as gorgeous or neat as those two women. I really love those artists, but it's so hard to hear that comparison in a productive way, so I try to stay clear of it. But it's a huge compliment.
You grew up on riot grrrl stuff before you started playing country music.
Yeah, I definitely did. I had an Indian pop phase, I had just about every phase you could think of.
What's the connection between punk and country, if there even is one?
I've tried to sum it up in a cheeky way before by saying it's three chords and being drunk or angry. But I don't know — all music has a unifying thing, and with punk and country the songs have pretty true to life lyrics, delivered with as much passion as you can deliver them with. They're great genres because anybody can start making that music. You don't have to be a compositional mastermind. Anybody can do it.
Growing up with a mom as a songwriter, did you learn a lot about how to structure a song?
I think I definitely learned how to structure songs, just from listening to a lot of 1960's, 1970's pop music, although I'm sure my mother's watchful eye had a lot to do with it. I have a definite peer complex. I'm very shy, very wary about letting people see things before they're done. Even when I was doing the anti-folk thing, I think I was still trying to write very well-structured songs. I have a problem with going against the grain, especially in that aspect of songwriting.
From a business standpoint, there must have been some parental lessons you took with you.
Many lessons, yeah. I started making music for fun, but I had two parents who were very much in the business. I didn't run around trying to get the spotlight. I was very shy. I never sang in front of people 'til I was about 17 years old. I was watching this interview with Beyonce the other day and they had this thing where she was in front of the camera and she's five and she's like, "My name's Beyonce! I'm a giant star! I'm famous!" I never really had that. I never really had any goals. It wasn’t my dream to make music. It was just something I ended up doing, and no one said stop.