Caitlin Rose: Own Side Now 

Theory 8 Records

With a name straight out of a hillbilly love song, Caitlin Rose clearly has plenty of her Nashville hometown heritage ringing in her sweet voice, her gentle loping melodies and her introspective stories. Keeping a slow but steady groove throughout her first full-length release, Rose smartly surrounds herself with good pickers that support and accentuate her gentle vocals. She really scores when Chris Scruggs' sweet steel guitar adds a nice honky-tonk undercurrent to the tunes. Lyrically, Rose gives a very modern perspective on classic themes of love and relationships. While wrapped in a traditional cloak of sound, her thoughts and feelings provide some unique insight into the world of today's young lovers, be it shared designer cigarettes or the foibles of dating in the Big Apple. This ain't exactly Tammy or Loretta's country music, but it holds up quite well as an alternative to Music City's mainstream diva dredges. (4 out of 5 stars)


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