Friday July 3, 2015 $5
If honky tonk is a feeling, it’s the way you feel at a live show from Rosie and the Ramblers. Those who’ve seen one have felt it all: the heartbreak, the humor, the don’t-mess-with-me attitude. And they know before the night is over they’ll feel like dancing.
The quintet released its first full-length album Whatever You Need in June. It is comprised of songs written by front woman Selena Rosanbalm, and is a candid glimpse into her past, her self-perceptions, and her departure from the innocence of youth. The band, an outstanding ensemble including Matt Thomas (electric guitar), Bob Hoffnar (pedal steel), Vance Hazen (bass), and Mike Bernal (drums), supports her every step of the way. Straight country morphs into and edgy rock feel, the rise and fall guided by Selena’s alternately sweet and biting lyrics.
Selena may be quiet, but her music resonates big. Keep an eye out for Rosie and the Ramblers.