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Rosie Flores and The Talismen Give New Life To a Classic Sound

Rosie Flores sits with her instrument of choice, the electric guitar
Marc Guerra
Rosie Flores sits with her instrument of choice, the electric guitar

With a voice as big as her home state of Texas, and guitar skills that make younger players green with envy, "The Rockabilly Philly" Rosie Flores shows no signs of slowing down in her fifth decade as a performer.

It's not easy to pigeonhole Rosie's music into any given category. Influenced by blues and 50's rock as a youngster, she started out in cowpunk bands, and later played alt-country and rockabilly. Her latest project, Rosie Flores and The Talismen, highlights the throwback music she's become synonymous with, and sounds reminiscent of the 2013 colleaboration between Norah Jones and Billie Joe Armstrong on their Foreverly release.

Rosie spoke with Notably Texan from her home in Austin on everything from her love for public radio, to the challenges of the pandemic, and her approach to music through her indomitable career.

More about Rosie and her substantial catalogue of music through the years is at her website. Listen to Notably Texan, weekdays from 11am-2pm on ketr.org and 88.9-FM.

Born in Dallas, Texas, Matt moved to the Sulphur Springs area in 1990 and settled in Commerce shortly thereafter. Having dreamed of working in radio since childhood, he began working at KETR while taking Radio-Television courses at Texas A&M University-Commerce in 1993. Matt has transitioned from a part-time worker and pupil of KETR, to the station’s Chief Announcer/Producer and supervisor of student broadcasters. A familiar voice of 88-9 KETR, Matt has hosted such shows as The Late Nite Lion, and can currently be heard as host of Notably Texan.
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