Rosie Flores was born in San Antonio, began her professional music career in Southern California, moved to Austin, Texas, in the late '80s, and has spent the last eight years in Nashville. At each stop, Flores has absorbed what those music-rich regions offer, developing a style that calls on Buck Owens, any number of Texas singer/songwriters, Emmylou Harris, Wanda Jackson and Patsy Cline while still allowing her to, somehow, sound unique. And it's worth pointing out that Flores, who led the rootsy Rosie and the Screamers at a time when the term cowpunk wasn't even a twinkle in a music writer's eye, is a badass guitar player. You can see that badassery on display, as well as the songwriting smarts that accompany it, in a Chapel Hill living room when the Afternoon Nap series brings Flores to town for a full-band house concert on Saturday, Dec. 3. Opening is Tom Meltzer, cofounder of the late 5 Chinese Brothers, an outfit whose American roots songs also came in a variety of flavors. For ticket information and other details, see www.afternoonnap.org/ShowsOnSale.htm.
For more on Rosie Flores, see Rick Cornell's interview with her at www.indyweekblogs.com/scan.