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Thursday, March 10, 2005 03:51 am

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Rosie Flores

Guitar-slinging, rockabilly singer Rosie Flores has been making music since she was a child, recording her first song at the age of 7.

A Texas native, Rosie is heading back to her home state next week for a show with Katy Moffatt at Austin’s world-famous South by Southwest music conference. She’s been on the road for most of 2004, supporting her latest release, Single Rose, a solo acoustic recording culled from live shows that features a few special guests, new songs, and old favorites.

We talk by cell phone as Rosie shops for groceries. “These lights are killing me,” she says. “I got to get out of this store. Can I call you later after I get home and fix dinner?” What’s that? The life of a rock & roll star can be so, well, regular sometimes.

A Nashville resident for the last several years, Rosie  spent her early adult years in Southern California, where she forged fast friendships with fellow musicians who had migrated to the California scene. Lucinda Williams, the Alvin Brothers, Dwight Yoakam, Chris Gaffney, Jim Lauderdale, and others were among the gang hanging out in LA in the mid- to late-’80s, waiting to make the leap onto the big stage. Over the next several years, Rosie worked with the some of the best and brightest in the business, including Pete Anderson, Dusty Wakeman, Dave Alvin, Wanda Jackson, and Asleep at the Wheel. She played all over the United States and made several tours of Europe. Heading into her third decade in the business, she seems busier than ever: Her most recent project, a Wendy Waldman-produced album with singer/songwriter Moffatt, is scheduled to hit stores later this year. Hightone Records is planning to release a retrospective CD of Rosie’s years on the famed Americana label this March. And she is working on an album of Christmas tunes slated for release this year.

Alongside the music-business excitement lies the personal and real stuff. “Right now I’m renting a room at a friend’s house, saving up money to buy a home,” she says as she leaves the grocery store and those nasty lights. “I’d sure like to have my own place someday.”

Rosie Flores plays all by her lonesome at the Underground City Tavern (700 E. Adams St., 217-789-1530) on Friday, March 11. Tom Irwin opens the show at 9 p.m., and the Moonlight Rhythm Rangers start their set sometime around midnight. Tickets, which cost $7, are available at Recycled Records (625 E. Adams St., 217-522-5122) or at the door.

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