On a cold November day in 2006, Frank Rose and his bandleader walked into "The Outlaw" KOLI FM in Wichita Falls, TX. It had been a long time since Rose had been back to Texas, but after this day, things would be different for the young man from Wichita Falls.
Rose moved to Gilbert, AZ with his family when he was a child. His father and grandfather, both musicians themselves, were early influences, his Dad on a Gretsch Country Gentlemen Guitar, his grandad on violin and viola. " We all used to get together and sing and play music when I was a little kid, "says Rose, 28. "My family has been very encouraging and supportive and inspirational from early on." By the time he was in high school, he realized "I needed to be in some kind of band and I needed to get out and sing. And I've been doing that ever since."
Initially, Rose played bass and sang backup for local bands, opening up for national acts at the Cricket Pavilion in Phoenix and at the Country Thunder USA Series alongside stars like Leann Rimes and Trace Adkins. As he started writing more songs on his own, he gradually moved to the front of the stage taking lead of the band. He moved his act into the recording studio in 1998 and recorded HELL OR HIGH WATER featuring "Texas Rose" a song about lost love that received airplay in KNIX FM 102.5 along with several other singles.
Years later, he's still doing it--with a passion. It hasn't been an easy road to where he is now, but it's one that has been paved with lessons that he has subsequently turned into songs. Unlike many of today's mainstream artists, Frank Rose chooses primarily to record his own songs. "I feel like I can write songs that are entertaining and commercial," he says.
While clearly influenced by long-lived country artists such as George Strait, Alan Jackson and Garth Brooks, Rose is not afraid to step outside of the country box for inspiration. For example, his latest single is a cover of Poison's "Every Rose Has Its Thorn." Rose's live performances have an element of Garth's high-energy shows, with unique personal touches such as often presenting female audience members with roses.
That's not to say there haven't been inconveniences along the way. But Frank Rose rolls with the punches, learning from each setback and usually emerging with a song about it. Consider, for example, his first trip to music city in 1999, with a freshly recorded album called appropriately, HELL OR HIGH WATER. It was a trip that most would call ill-fated, considering the near-fatal car accident just outside of Elk City, OK; the tornado in Clarksville, TN; and the breakup days later of the couple with whom he was staying, and his subsequent loss of a place to stay. He ended up in a Motel 6 outside Nashville in Murfreesboro, where he wrote a song called "Tennessee Rain".
During a short stop in L.A., Rose "The Southwestern Drifter", felt like a fish out of water among rockers who took their retro purism to an extreme. " I've always thought country music was the stuff you heard on the radio--whether it was Merle or Garth or that new guy you've never heard of but you like the song," says Rose, whose music is a compelling mixture of traditional and contemporary.
Rose visited Nashville again in March 2005, joining with an independant record label Solar Federation to put out his stellar second album THIS IS NOW THAT WAS THEN, which was released that summer. Not too long after the album's release, his debut country music video, "Tennessee Rain", aired on GAC and the single aired on radio nationally. THIS IS NOW THAT WAS THEN features songs such as "Abiliene" about a squabbling Texas truck driver and his girlfriend, and his second single from the album "Every Rose Has Its Thorn."
During that fateful visit to KOLI radio, the Program Director of the station Pam Kelly added "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" to the station's playlist. And with that warm reception, Rose knew that he had returned home to the Great State of Texas.
Promotion of "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" to the Texas Music Chart reporting stations starts in April 2007. A ROSECOUNTRY(tm) tour is being planned for late summer.
Musicians on "this is now that was then"
Frank Rose • Lead Vocals
Al Bonhomme • Electric, Acoustic, Baritone, and Nylon String Guitars
Skip Edwards • Keyboards, String Arrangement and Orchestration
John Molo • Drums, Percussion
Alexis Sklarevski • Bass
Larry Franklin • Fiddle, Mandolin
Gary Morse • Pedal Steel, Banjo, Dobro
Lee Thornburg • Trumpet
Jonathan Clark & David Allen Baker • Background Vocals
Hell Or High Water (1998)
How About You (Single) (2002)
This is Now That was Then (2005)
Frank Rose Country from California
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by Paul Zimmerman Proving that the reach of country music extends everywhere, Frank Rose twangs his...by Paul Zimmerman
Proving that the reach of country music extends everywhere, Frank Rose twangs his heart out from the left coast of California. His latest album, This Is Now That Was Then, is truly a record that sounds more Nashville than LA. Were it not for his lyrics about Malibu, Hollywood, and his twangy cover of Poison’s, “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” it would be impossible not to think Frank Rose was a Nashville sensation.
With a sound close to Garth Brooks and Alan Jackson, Frank sings from the poppier side of the country freeway. This Is Now That Was Then features boogietastic tunes that has hints of Mexican music, rock n’ roll, and traditional country. Yet like every cowboy, he’s got a sensitive side and the ballads on This Is Now That Was Then will definitely make his ex-girlfriend’s heart skip a beat.
Who knew that a Texan could make country this good? Yet, it shouldn’t be a surprise seeing as though half of country music nowadays isn’t from Nashville. In any case Frank Rose’s This Is Now That Was Then is a pleasant surprise and even if you hate country his cover of “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” will make an impression. It’s something to believe in.
©2006 First Coast News.
Frank's Dose Of Poison Is A Hit
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"Every Rose Has Its Thorn" is the follow up to the critically acclaimed "Tennessee Rain" and it's a ..."Every Rose Has Its Thorn" is the follow up to the critically acclaimed "Tennessee Rain" and it's a wonderful cover of the rock ballad originally recorded and written by the band Poison. Frank turns it into an amazing country track which is destined to be huge.
Frank recently spoke about how he came to record the Poison song, which is released on the February Hotdisc.
"It's one of those songs that I always enjoyed singing with my buddies when we were hanging out, playing guitars and drinking a few beers," he said. "It really wasn't until about three years ago that I started performing the song in country bars and venues. I bumped into Al Bonhomme - one of Dwight Yoakam's guitar players - who started performing with me. He eventually became my producer and we cut the album - we recorded 'Every Rose has Its Thorn' at his suggestion. He saw how much the country fans enjoyed our rendition. I'm really happy with what we came up with. I think the song may have been waiting for somebody to cover it. I really feel that country fans worldwide will enjoy it. The master steel guitar work of Gary Morse (who is currently working with Brooks & Dunn) is one of my favorite musical highlights."
Frank Rose Receives Nomination From Southern California Music Awards
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Nashville, TN – January 27, 2006 – Solar Federation/V-Tone Recording artist Frank Rose has been nomi...Nashville, TN – January 27, 2006 – Solar Federation/V-Tone Recording artist Frank Rose has been nominated in the category of Best Country for the 2006 Southern California Music Awards. Rose will join industry professionals, other performers and nominees from over 30 categories at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro, California on Saturday, February 11 for the awards gala.
Rose’s latest release, “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” from the album This Is Now, That Was Then, will be released to Country Radio on April 2, 2007.
SET LISTS FROM RECENT 2007
THIS IS NOW--FRANK ROSE TOUR
1. MOLLY MCNEAL---ROSE
3. I GO BACK---CHESNEY
4. TENNESSEE RAIN---ROSE
5. THE WORLD---PAISLEY
6.(NO WOMAN NO CRY INTRO)-MARLEY
THIS IS NOW THAT WAS THEN---ROSE
8. OLD MAN ON THE LAKE---ROSE
9. NEED SOME LOVE---ROSE
1. HELL OR HIGH WATER---ROSE
2. MAILBU MOON---ROSE
3. FOLSOM PRISON BLUES---CASH
4. TEXAS ROSE---ROSE
5. HOUSE IS ROCKIN'---VAUGHN
7. SUMMER OF '69---ADAMS
8. EVERY ROSE HAS ITS THORN---POISON
9. KEEP ON ROCKIN' IN THE FREE WORLD-NEIL YOUNG
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