If Wanda Jackson is the Queen of Rockabilly (and no one is arguing) then Epiphone's Rosie Flores is surely the Queen-in-waiting. Ms. Flores was one of the guiding lights of the Lower Broadway revival which brought live honky tonk back to downtown Nashville in the early '90s (often on a Casino
) and today her blazing rockabilly riffs on an Epiphone Wildkat
are better than ever.
Rosie was the highlight of the recent tribute to Chuck Berry in Cleveland (getting a favorable nod from Rolling Stone
, who probably didn't even know she existed). And if that wasn't enough, Bruce Springsteen called her out on stage in Austin during his sold out show for SXSW.
It's one thing to have a famous fan. But when you can count Chuck Berry and
Bruce Springsteen as pals, that's pretty cool. That's
Rosie Flores, Rosie is on tour all through November throughout the midwest and the battered east coast. Check out her custom Epiphone Wildkat
in this video from Bloodshot Records, produced by the Mekons' Jon Langford.