Ramblin' Rosie
By Rhonda Reeves

For those lamenting the purported impending demise of Lynagh's Music Club (at least as we've always known it), there can be no doubt that - if they must go out - by all accounts, they're winding down with a bang and not a whimper.

Those in attendance at Hank III's show last weekend are already aware of that.

And if you missed Rosie Flores last Tuesday at Houston's Livestock Show and Rodeo (which you probably did), thank GOD you can still catch her at Lynagh's Wednesday, March 6.

Flores sometimes has a trace of that wispy, Nanci Griffith-esque voice that most alt-country, roots rockers have come to know and love - augmented by strong, independent guitar work.

(She toured Europe as lead guitarist for Flatlander Butch Hancock - before she broke her arm - if that gives you an idea.)

She produced her first album for Reprise with Pete Anderson and Dwight Yoakam, then landed years later on the thoroughly appropriate (and well-respected) Hightone.

Touring in support of her newest release Speed of Sound (on Eminent, most often associated with Emmylou Harris), standouts include "Hot Dog" (written by Buck Owens, and filled with that Bakersfield Flavor).

It is to her never-ending credit that on a tribute album that included Dwight Yoakam, Joe Ely, Marshall Crenshaw, Lucinda Williams, and Dave Alvin, her cover of Merle Haggard's "My Own Kind of Hat," (Tulare Dust, 1994), stands out as one of the top two (the other is Robert Earl Keen's version of "Daddy Frank.")