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Rosie Flores
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Rosie Flores at the 67th Annual Peabody Awards in 2008
Background information
Born (1950-09-10) September 10, 1950 (age 70)
Origin San Antonio, Texas, United States
Genres Ameripolitan, country, rockabilly, honky-tonk, Western swing
Occupation(s)Singer, guitarist, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1968–present
Labels Reprise
Durango Rose
Bloodshot Records
Associated actsRosie and the Screamers
Screamin' Sirens
Asleep at the Wheel

Rosie Flores (born September 10, 1950 in San Antonio, Texas) is an American rockabilly and country music artist. Her music blends rockabilly, honky tonk, jazz, and Western swing along with traditional influences from her Tex-Mex heritage. She currently resides in Austin, Texas, where August 31 was declared Rosie Flores Day by the Austin City Council in 2006. [1]



Rosie Flores was born in San Antonio, Texas, United States, where she lived until the age of twelve, when her family moved to San Diego. In interviews, Flores has recalled that growing up, she loved to watch musical television shows like The Dick Clark Show and Hit Parade . She began singing as a young child, and her brother, Roger, taught her to play rhythm guitar when she was a teenager. [2]

Flores formed her first band, Penelope's Children, while still in high school in California. [3] In the 1970s, Flores played the San Diego nightclub circuit and was the namesake of the alt country/cowpunk band Rosie and the Screamers. After leaving the Screamers, she joined a cowpunk all-female band called Screamin' Sirens in the 1980s. [4] The latter band produced a series of 7-inch singles and tracks for compilation albums before releasing a single full-length recording in 1987, an album called Voodoo.

Flores's self-titled solo debut came out on Warner Bros./Reprise in 1987. The single, "Crying Over You", put her on the Billboard charts for the first time. [5] Since then, Flores has recorded ten additional solo albums.

Flores has toured widely, appearing in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia, and also performing frequently in Austin, continuing into 2019. [6] In 1995, she joined Wanda Jackson on a coast-to-coast North American tour, [7] and she toured as a member of Asleep at the Wheel in 1997. [8] She has also traveled with a concert tribute she created to honor Janis Martin, a program which she performed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum among other places. [9] In 2012, she was part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's tribute to Chuck Berry. [10] Her media appearances include Austin City Limits and Late Night with Conan O'Brien , and she had a cameo role in the 1993 film The Thing Called Love .

In addition to her work as a performer and songwriter, Flores has helped to revive the careers of female rockabilly musicians from previous generations and to create new interest in their music. Her album Rockabilly Filly, released on Hightone Records in 1995, included vocals from early rock and roll musicians Janis Martin and Wanda Jackson. [11] In 2007, Flores brought Janis Martin to a recording studio in Blanco, Texas, to record what would be both Martin's first solo album in thirty years as well as her last before her death of cancer. [12] After the project was turned down by a number of record labels, Flores raised more than $16,000 on Kickstarter to release the album, which was titled Janis Martin: The Blanco Sessions. Flores is credited as a producer. [13]

Flores's current (as of 2013–2018) guitar of choice is her James Trussart SteeltopCaster. She uses Fender amplifiers, and has also played Fender Telecasters, Gretsch electrics, Gibson Les Pauls, and various acoustic guitars. [14]

Personal life

Flores has revealed that, under pressure from her manager, she had an abortion in 1986, shortly after signing with Warner Bros. She later regretted the decision. [3] She has never been married, and has said that her lifestyle, which involves frequent touring, makes it difficult to maintain long-term relationships. [14]


Awards and nominations

YearAssociationCategoryNominated WorkResult
1986 Academy of Country Music Top New Female VocalistHerselfNominated
1997 Country Music Association Vocal Group of the Year Asleep at the Wheel Nominated
1997Country Music AssociationInstrumental Group of the YearAsleep at the WheelNominated
1997Academy of Country MusicBand of the Year (touring)Asleep at the WheelWon
1997Academy of Country MusicTop Vocal GroupAsleep at the WheelWon
2007 Peabody Awards N/AWhole Lotta Shakin'Won
2014 Ameripolitan Music Awards Honky Tonk FemaleHerselfWon
2014Ameripolitan Music AwardsRockabilly FemaleHerselfWon

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