Gunslingers, card sharks, maidens, harlots and rapscallions: Etched in exacting imagery, Nettie Rose crafts lyrics that evoke a vivid cast of characters. The sound is acoustic and authentic, with banjo, lap steel, mandolin and accordion accompanying her sepia-toned songs.
Spanning French surrealistic poets to The Sons of the Pioneers, Nettie draws inspiration from a rich spectrum of influences. “I’m a girl from Santa Monica, there’s only so much I can talk to you about,” she says. “Everything else is stories, imagination, research, reading and meeting people.”
Nettie is the granddaughter of Alan Freed – the legendary DJ who gave the world the phrase “rock and roll.” With a music publisher father and a rock archivist mother, she grew up around the music business, intrigued by songwriters who she characterizes as, “…interesting, educated and incredible.” At age eight, she wrote her first song and one year later met multi-instrumentalist and teacher Fred Sokolow who taught her flatpicking and strumming. With his mentorship, she was indelibly linked with the musical legacy of Hank Williams, Flatt & Scruggs and Ernest Tubb.
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