Alexa Rose has released the third single, “The Last Wildflower”, off of her debut album Medicine For Living, coming out on October 4th.
The new single is an impeccable example of Rose’s ability to set scene, transporting you to a place you may have no connection to but she’s able to conjure all the same.
Speaking to the song Rose says: “I was renting a big old house in the country with a rotating handful of people. I often would hike up to this old firetower down the road. There were these big open pastures along the way that filled up with tall grasses and flowers in the summer, but they were especially striking in November, when there were just a few defiant yellow blooms contrasting against grey skies and high country cold fronts. Some people get bummed out about the weather getting cold, but for me, watching the landscape change with the seasons reminds me that life is full of cycles. Not so much that you know you’ll get through them, but that they offer some familiarity.”
Upcoming tour dates as follows…
10/3 – The Foundry – Athens, GA
10/5 – Isis Music Hall – Asheville, NC
10/6 – Carolina Theatre – Greensboro, NC
11/5 – Rockwood Music Hall – New York, NY
11/7 – Atwood’s Tavern – Cambridge, MA
11/8 – Cafe Nine – New Haven, CT
11/9 – The Locks At Sona – Philadelphia, PA
12/5 – Duke Performances – Durham, NC
In an era where the term Americana has lost much of its meaning, Medicine for Living is just that: a fully realized, multi-layered merger of old country music, traditional folk songs, colored by rock and roll and mountain soul. “There’s a lot of people I’m influenced by that show up in the songs in different ways,” says Rose. “Whether it’s John Prine or Townes Van Zandt, or Alynda Segarra from Hurray for the Riff Raff.”
“This album is Appalachia-meets-Memphis,” says Rose. “The stories and inspiration emanate from the mountains, but the tracks have all these different musical elements coming in.”
Recorded at Watson’s Delta-Sonic Studio, Rose is backed by a crew of Bluff City all-stars including a core band led by legendary guitarist Will Sexton, drummer George Sluppick and bassist Mark Edgar Stuart, with guests including organists Rick Steff (Lucero) and Al Gamble (St. Paul & The Broken Bones), among others. “The funny thing was that I hadn’t met any of them at all before we started recording,” says Rose. “You know, playing your songs for someone in a studio is like getting naked in front of them; it’s a very personal thing to do. But when you play music together, you skip all the normal steps of a relationship immediately go to this really close place with people.”
Album co-producers Watson and Clay Jones (Modest Mouse, Buddy Guy) decided to keep the sessions feeling as fresh and immediate as possible. “None of the musicians had heard any of the songs or even heard me before we started. Bruce really wanted to capture their gut response to the music,” says Rose. “What came out of that was really cool – we sorta let the songs be like taffy – we let them be moved and shaped and pulled in new and different ways.”