Johnny Flynn & the Sussex Wit, Caitlin Rose | Mayne Stage | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Johnny Flynn & the Sussex Wit, Caitlin Rose Recommended Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Wed., May 25, 8:30 p.m. 2011

Young Nashville singer Caitlin Rose doesn't have a classic country voice—she's like Zooey Deschanel without the pitch problems—but on her debut album, Own Side Now (Theory 8), she puts a gentle spin on the proto-countrypolitan sound of Patsy Cline and the 70s California country of Linda Ronstadt. Rose's warm, soft-focus melodies benefit from richly varied arrangements that mix in strings and horns to punch up both her sweet singing and the woozy cry of Luke Schneider's pedal steel. The album was co­produced by Mark Nevers, who's worked with everyone from Lambchop to Bobby Bare to Candi Staton, and he brings his fluency in soul and twang to its relaxed, confident grooves. Most of Rose's songs deal in failed or sputtering romance, but with the exception of "Shanghai Cigarettes," which sounds a bit like a lost Paul Burch classic, they don't pack much lyrical punch—in that excellent tune, though, Rose turns the last puff of a pack's last cigarette into a metaphor for the demise of a relationship. At 23, she's certainly someone to keep an eye on. —Peter Margasak

Price: $16

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