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It's normal for me: an interview with Rosie Flores

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Rosie Flores is an artist who needs very little introduction. By email, she discussed her most recent album, touring with Wanda Jackson, and they key to her longevity.

Compare Working Girl's Guitar to other albums you've recorded.

It is the first full recording session that I produced and also played all of the guitars myself. In the past when I started as a solo artist in 1987, I had always played guitars - rhythm and lead - in the studio but it was shared along with other great players like Greg Leisz, Billy Bremner, Duane Jarvis and Rick Vito. So I've had alot of wonderful influence and encouragement. It was just time to carry it all on my own so I explore my own sounds as a player. It was fun, I had a ball making this record and it's easier now for folks to know which parts I played cause I played them all!

What was your reaction when you found out you'd be touring with Wanda Jackson?

I was thrilled when she said yes after I asked her to record with me for my Rockabilly Filly CD in 1995. I was more thrilled when she said yes after I asked her if she would tour the US with me. She had not toured the US or played small clubs...ever! So it was a first for her and she was thrilled to find that she had an audience out there. She's always showed appreciation to me for getting her back to performing rock n roll again. Her career has blossomed over and over again with her induction into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame and a successful release with producer Jack White. What an inspiration she has been to me to keep going.

What advice would you give a young artist or band about touring?

Learn how to do your own bookkeeping. Do a tour budget before you head out. Make sure you advance all shows ahead of time and send posters. Take plenty of merch to sell cause it will help pay for the hotels, gas, and food. If you can afford it, hire a publicist, or do that job yourself.

What does it mean to you that you were included in a list of the greatest female guitarists of all time?

It's a nice compliment. Somebody voted for me, that's cool!

What do you think is the key to your longevity as an artist?

Good genes? Seriously, I don't know the answer to this question, I just keep doing this because it's normal for me. As long as I'm enjoying playing music and entertaining crowds, why not?

What would you be doing if you weren't making music?

Perhaps teaching it. Teaching art, music or dance. I took all those classes in my youth and got inspired to create a life in it. Teachers are cool.

Rosie Flores plays with El Vez at La Cita in Los Angeles on Saturday 21 December.


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