Frank Rose

Frank Rose

BandCountryAdult Contemporary

FRANK ROSE is a country singer-songwriter in the vein of superstars Alan Jackson and Garth Brooks with a little classic rock a la Eagles thrown in for good measure.

Biography

FRANK ROSE
-SOUTHWESTERN DRIFTER-
COMES HOME

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.



Lyrics

Tennessee Rain

Written By: Frank Rose ©2005 Farland Publishing (ASCAP)

Last night I was talkin’ to a friend of mine
She said she counldn’t live another day
Nine years in a marriage that just wasn’t gonna work
She had to find a better way
She said “It’s been too long since I’ve seen my kids
And now I think I’m gonna make a change”
And as she stood outside with the telephone in hand
The tears ran down her face

CHORUS: And the Tennessee rain’s fallin’ down now, fallin’ on my face
Like a lost and lonely child comin’ on home again
I’ve spent all my life just hopin’
And now I just can’t explain
Why I’m standin’ all alone in the Tennessee rain

About a week ago I got together again
With a girl better yet an old flame
She said she heard my song on the radio
And since then she hadn’t been the same
You know it felt so good just to be with her again
But I was leavin’ in a couple of days
Drivin’ cross the country lookin’ for a new life
I was on the road again

CHORUS

(Solo)

And now I’m sittin’ in a room just a-playin’ my guitar
Starin’ out a window pane
I guess I got what I wanted and I wanted what I got
‘Cause I’m starin’ at the Tennessee rain

CHORUS

Angel Eyes

Written By: Frank Rose ©2005 Farland Publishing (ASCAP)

I’m lookin’ at your picture, and I don’t know what to do
Yet I know what I am feelin’, but is it real enough for you?
Can a photograph say somethin’, does my imagination lie?
When I look into your eyes...

CHORUS: I know you must be an angel, cause I see you shinin’ bright
Like the stars up in the heavens, and the sun up in the sky
If the world should end tomorrow, then I might just be denied
But I’d give everything I have, just to look into your angel eyes

I’m lookin’ at your picture, and I know it can’t be true
Is it possible for a fool like me to fall in love with you
And they say pictures tell a story, and if what I read is true
Then I know, yeah, I know...

CHORUS

(Solo)

CHORUS

Molly McNeal

Written By: Frank Rose ©2005 Farland Publishing (ASCAP)

It was Saturday night and there was nothin’ goin’ down
I hooked up with a buddy, we drove on into town
Went to the local bar and I walked inside
And little did I know well I was in for a surprise

Now in the corner of my eye as far as I could see
There was this hot little momma lookin’ back at me
Sittin’ all alone on that old bar stool
And when she caught me starin’ I felt like such a fool

Blonde haired green eyed angel from above
Had to slap myself ‘cause I thought I was in love
I went outside just to get some air
And when I came back she wasn’t even there

CHORUS: Hey hey Molly McNeal
C’mon tell me baby what’s your deal
Can’t explain the way you make me feel
Hey hey Molly McNeal

So me and my old buddy we decided to leave
We headed down the road and we walked down to the creek
And what to my wondering eyes did I see
But a hot little momma she was callin’ out to me

Hey man where are you goin’ she said it with a smile
I stopped there for a moment we were talkin’ for a while
Hey what do you say why don’t we get on outta here
Let’s go little lady what a fine idea

Blonde haired green eyed angel from above
Had to slap myself ‘cause I thought I was in love
We went for a ride up to gravity hill
And what happens next well it gets better still

CHORUS

We drove around the bend until we got to the spot
I rolled down all the windows it was gettin’ pretty hot
We coasted just a little then we started to roll
Lord have mercy that girl rocked my soul

Shoulder To Cry On

Written By: Mari Thompson and Jeremy Goodnight ©Farland Publishing (ASCAP)

We said goodbye, I started to cry
And that ain’t good when you got a long way to dirve
I know I’ll be O.K., in a couple of days
We both knew one day we’d go our seperate ways

CHORUS: And I can’t see the road through the tears I’m cryin’
Somewhere down this road my heart is dyin’
I’ve gotta get off this old two-lane and find
A shoulder to cry on

Sometimes the price of a dream
Is to lose everything
That ever meant anything to me
But it’s so hard to hold on
To a love gone wrong
And I don’t blame you for not wanting to wait for me

CHORUS

(Solo)

CHORUS

Discography

Hell Or High Water (1998)
How About You (Single) (2002)
This is Now That was Then (2005)

Set List

SET LISTS FROM RECENT 2007
THIS IS NOW--FRANK ROSE TOUR

-SET ONE-

1. MOLLY MCNEAL---ROSE

2. ABILENE---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

7. HICKTOWN---ALDEAN

8. OLD MAN ON THE LAKE---ROSE

9. NEED SOME LOVE---ROSE

-SET TWO-

1. HELL OR HIGH WATER---ROSE

2. MAILBU MOON---ROSE

3. FOLSOM PRISON BLUES---CASH

4. TEXAS ROSE---ROSE

5. HOUSE IS ROCKIN'---VAUGHN

6. GOODBYE---ROSE

7. SUMMER OF '69---ADAMS

8. EVERY ROSE HAS ITS THORN---POISON

9. KEEP ON ROCKIN' IN THE FREE WORLD-NEIL YOUNG