TPR#92 Chelle Rose

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Jun 182012


The Taproot Radio Show is getting a new name, web site, and show format. We’ll still have the same great interviews and the same hand-picked, road-tested american music. But  the show will now originate from the Americana Music Show web site.  For the next few episodes, the show will continue to be available on this site, this site’s RSS feed, and will continue to be available on iTunes under the name Taproot Radio.

chelle roseOn episode 92 of the Americana Music Show, Chelle Rose talks about growing up in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina, writing a song to pacify the ghost of her boyfriend, hearing Malcolm Holcombe play live, why she’s drawn to minor chords, how she learned to depend on herself in her musical career, the thrill she got working with the McCrary sisters, and the preacher that inspired her song, “Rufus Morgan.”

Review: Ghost of Browder Holler by Chelle Rose

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Mar 312012

Chelle Rose Ghost of Browder Holler Cover ArtChelle Rose (pronounced as in “Shelly”) comes from the deep woods of the Appalachian mountains around the North Carolina / Tennessee border and her album, Ghost of Browder Holler, sounds like it. Her vocals have that mountain sound to them. But tales of rural preachers, moonshine, and mountain flowers are just the jumping off point for a collection of songs that’s closer to rock and roll than folk, closer to soul then country. The opening track “Browder Holler Boy,” sets the stage Appalachian mountains but comes off more like a rock song in the spirit of Richard Thompson’s “1952 Vincent Black Lightning.” “Shady Grove Gonna Blow” has a Stones-ey feel along the lines of “Gimmie Shelter.” And “Weepin’ Willow on the Hill” confirms Chelle’s ability to pull on heart strings in an authentic way. But the highlight track for me is “Rufus Morgan,” a country-soul tune that conjures up the ghost of Dusty Springfield, featuring the McCrary sisters on perfectly timed backup vocals and a long slow build to a hair raising payoff.  While comparisons to Lucinda Williams and Mary Gauthier come to mind, she’s definitely drawing from her own background and pursuing her on vision of Appalachian rock an roll.