Over the past year, 95 KSJ and Saddle Up Saloon have been working together to bring some of the hottest country acts to the Azalea City. This show will bring together three of country’s most talented songbirds for an evening of new school sounds.
Cary Laine and Holli Mosley will be lending local support to this show. Laine has been reaping the benefits of her appearance on NBC’s talent competition “The Voice.” Holli Mosley has been busy recording at the legendary FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Ala. These two will be warming up the crowd for Maggie Rose.
In 2011, Rose broke into the scene with her single “I Ain’t Your Mama.” This song heralded the release of her debut solo album “Cut to Impress,” which she is currently promoting with an extensive tour.
For the creation of this album, Rose entered the studio with Blake Chancey (Dixie Chicks, Montgomery Gentry), James Stroud (Marshall Tucker Band) and Stephony Smith. The group worked together to produce an album that is full of new school country with a soulful edge. After its release, some critics were comparing Rose to Shania Twain.
Before Rose makes her debut in Mobile, she spoke with Lagniappe about her steady rise to fame.
SC: You’ve been working hard for a long time to get where you’re at right now, with the new debut and touring. After years of focusing on building your career, how does it feel to see things start to take off?
MR: I think everyone is their own worst critic. There’s always new goals and ambitions that I’m setting for myself, but it has been a pretty cool ride with a lot of memorable moments. Like yesterday, I got to play a show with Dierks Bentley, and he’s such a nice, humble guy. It’s just moments like that that make the grind worth it. Even on my worst days, I’m doing what I love.
SC: You’re out on the road promoting your debut album “Cut to Impress.” What’s the best thing about getting out on the road and performing this new material?
MR: Seeing all the different parts of the country is a pretty unifying experience. Regardless of the region that you’re visiting, the same core values remain consistent. That’s something you could say about country fans in general. I’m so lucky to see all these different cities and meet all these awesome people. I also have this awesome band that I travel with too, so I enjoy touring very much.
SC: From where did the title of the album come?
MR: It’s a line from one of the songs that I co-wrote on the album called “Mostly Bad.” There’s this one line that says, “I’m not about to wear that dress. It’s just not cut to impress.” It’s a playful, constant song, but there was a plan that all these cuts on the album are the culmination of where I’ve come from as an artist. It’s a confident declaration of, “This is who I am.” It’s an introduction to my fans of what to expect of me in the years to come.
SC: Speaking of co-writing, what was it like working with these fellow songwriters. How did it work? Did you go to them with an idea, or did they come to you?
MR: Every song has a different origin and different method of how it was created. I get the same questions more than anything. Do you start with lyrics first, or do you start with melody first? Do you start with the title? What makes the whole process so exhilarating and challenging is that you never know where you’re going to draw inspiration from. Some of these songs were found from living in Nashville and being around all these talented people. It keeps you on your toes. I tried to pick the most honest songs that represented me best on the album, whether I had written them, co-written them or found them.
SC: As far as the other songs on the album, what did you look for when it came to choosing the songs that you would perform?
MR: I think a lot of artists will tell you that the first album that they make is sort of like their life’s work up to that point. With “Cut to Impress,” it was a five-year period for me to select songs that best represented me at the time when I released the album. I think that I chose songs that would best ring true and resonate with people and make people feel entertained and empowered. That was my goal for this album.
SC: Blake Chancey was a co-producer on this album. What was it like working with him in the studio?
MR: James Stroud, Blake Chancey and Stephony Smith all produced this album. They are so accomplished in their separate ways. It was a huge learning experience for me, being in the studio with all these different personalities who have done so much in the industry. One of the challenges was trying to keep a common thread throughout the creation of this album, but they were all accommodating to me and my vision for the album. I think that’s why there is a consistent sound throughout “Cut to Impress.” They were making a record suited to me, and they were able to hear songs and recognize if it caters to the artist that they are working with.
SC: Your debut is out, and you’re on the road. So, what’s next on the agenda for Maggie Rose?
MR: I’m actually working on another album right now. I’m so excited about the new music. I’m touring a ton this summer. In May alone, we have 18 shows. So, we’re on the road way more than we are home. It’s really exciting! I have an Emmy nomination for a song that I wrote and produced for “Comcast SportsNet” (“Get Ya Game On”). Everyone should be expecting some new music from me in the very near future. Needless to say, I’m busy. I’m a very busy girl!
95 KSJ & Saddle Up presents Maggie Rose, Cary Laine, Holli Mosley
Date: Friday, June 13, with doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Soul Kitchen, 219 Dauphin St., www.soulkitchenmobile.com
Tickets: $10 advance/$15 day-of, available at Soul Kitchen, its website, Mellow Mushroom (WeMo & MiMo) or by calling 866-468-7630