(Interview conducted at the Glen Allen, VA date on June 13th, 2012 at the Country Throwdown Tour 2012)
For the purpose of the interview, could you please introduce yourself give me a little background on where you came from?
Rose: Sure, my name is Rose Falcon and I was born in Manhattan, NY and I've lived in Nashville since I was 10 years old.
When did you decide that you wanted to pursue music?
Rose: Well, my father's a songwriter, so I was always around music. I got my first record deal when I was 14 years old, so I pretty much started writing poetry and it became songs and then I started singing and that was all by the time I was 12. All in Nashville.
You're currently on Country Throwdown, what're your thoughts about the country music tour?
Rose: I think it's incredible because it's very unique. I feel like touring is always fun and every place is different, but this is different because it's a group and it's a bunch of different artists coming together on one tour and there's several of us. So, I feel like we're able to reach people that on our own, we might not be able to reach as individual artists but coming together, we're able to reach a lot more people and it's just super fun. I wrote an email to Sarah, the girl who runs it (Country Throwdown Tour), and I was like, "Thank you so much. I'm so thankful to be apart of this" and I was being sentimental because we had a week off and I told her that I missed Throwdown because it's like a family and her response was something like, "Thanks for the email. I really feel like we're apart of something bigger with this tour" and I told her I felt the same way, like we're a big family and that we're doing something really cool.
Have you played any favorite places yet?
Rose: Yeah! I think my favorite was New Hampshire because the venue was super cool. It was kind of hippie and their food was great, we always appreciate good food just so everybody knows. That's what I'm pretty much judging everything on is how we're treated, if there's a shower and if the food is decent.
As an artist and a songwriter, how did it feel when you heard that your song was going to be cut for a feature film? ("Give In To Me" - Country Strong)
Rose: The awesome part was because I wrote it with my father and he raised me, my mother passed away when I was 4 years old so for us to do something together and then actually go and sit in the theatre and actually see it come to life on the big screen, was... Like, I didn't know that the song was going to be even hardly in there, like sometimes you get a song in a movie and it either just passes by or you're like shocked because the song will be in the movie like five times, so when we watched that part, I thought, "My gosh, this song is a huge part of this movie and it's so beautiful and they did such a good job singing it." I was blown away, when I saw it I just cried because I was so proud. It's one thing to do something on your own but to do something with someone you love and get to see the results is really incredible.
You had also had your songs featured on Disney channel, but that was your own video?
Rose: Yeah, that was just me. It's like you want to sing your own songs because they're your songs and they're good but it somebody else wants to sing your songs that mean they're really good actually.
So, who would you say some of your influences are?
Rose: I would say Lucinda Williams, maybe Patti Griffin. Songwriting-wise I listen to a lot of Bonnie Miller and John Hiatt. I listen to Tom Petty. I love Tom Petty. I'm mostly a fan of singer/songwriter. In terms of current country artists, I love Miranda Lambert, and I like what Eric Church is doing now but it's not necessarily what I'm driving around and listening to for inspiration.
Are there any smaller artists that you are really into now?
Rose: Well, Eric Paslay, he's on this tour, I'm a big fan of his music and he's a friend of mine and we write together. We wrote a song together for the new Lady Antebellum record, so that'll be cool.
How would you describe your own music?
Rose: I would say it's country pop. Although, it does have a lot of traditional country elements in it, all the songs are stories. That's what I love about country music, it's all truth based, story based. I feel like as a songwriter, that's kind of my style. I would say it's not over produced, fairly organic, and really heavily based on the songs themselves in a lyrical content.
What're your plans for after Country Throwdown?
Rose: I guess I have a few random dates here and there and then I'm going to get back to my regular writing schedule because usually I write everyday and I haven't been and I miss it. I'm going to probably release another EP and that will eventually lead to my single release and album release.
What're three things that you always take with you on tour?
Rose: Neutrogena face wipes because you never know if you're going to get a shower or not, those are awesome. Sunglasses, if I get really, really nervous I can just put them on and don't have to look at anybody. Although, I do talk with my eyes, so sometimes I feel like I'm giving a half-assed performance when I wear sunglasses. One last thing would be Advil, seems like there's always a headache by the end of the day.
What're three things that can always be found in your fridge?
Rose: All I ever buy regularly is almond milk, bananas, and lettuce. Damn, that's lame!
If you were stranded on a desert island, what're three things you'd take with you?
Rose: A Bible, a friend, and a guitar!
Do you have a favorite Halloween costume that you've ever worn?
Rose: Last year, I was Yoko and one of my friends was John Lennon. I was surprised that people actually really thought that was a good costume. It was original and no one had done it.
Since Father's Day is coming up, what's the best advice that your Dad has ever given you?
Rose: I can't really sum it up into one thing because we talk constantly. He's one of those people who always has advice, he's like an answer man. I think just to have faith in God is one and also just to be generous with your heart and everything because everything you give comes back to you and God takes care of you and I've just seen it work, it totally works. It's a principle that I can't deny.
Do you have any advice for anyone who's attending Country Throwdown for the day?
Rose: Drink a lot of water. Don't wear turtlenecks or sweaters. If I didn't have to play guitar, I would wear a dress.
Do you have any closing statements?
Rose: Thank you so much for taking the time to come hang out and talk to me. Overall, my goal for my music is that I just want people to hear it. I want people to think, well I never knew somebody felt the same way I felt, to be a friend.