Caitlin Rose is back with a new studio album, the follow up to her critically acclaimed debut, Own Side Now. The Stand-In, which will be released on March 5, 2013 on ATO Records, introduces a newfound confidence in Rose, the poise of an experienced songwriter rarely displayed on a sophomore offering. This sense of self-assurance is woven throughout twelve carefully crafted songs with the timeless sound and witty approach to lyricism that has become her signature.Â Still only 25, the scope of her progression as an artist is palpable from the outset, and Rose herself happily concurs.Â â€œThis album could be considered my first attempt at a high kick,â€ she says, acknowledgingÂ Own Side NowÂ as a much more small scale and pared down recording. â€œWe’re not aiming to make indie-sounding records. How boring would that be?â€
Incorporating classic influences from her Nashville roots with a modern pop twist, Caitlin’s vocals soar over lyrics that seem to possess the wisdom of an old soul. It was a daunting endeavor to follow up Own Side Now, the brilliant debut that landed her on countless year- end best of lists, including Time Magazineâ€™s # 7 Albums of 2011, American Songwriterâ€™s Top 50, CMTâ€™s 10 Most Overlooked Albums and SPINâ€™s 20 Best Country and Americana Albums, but Rose has delivered a masterpiece that promises the type of career longevity that most young artists can only dream of attaining.
Crafted with Nashville producers Jordan Lehning and Skylar Wilson (Justin Townes Earle), featuring two songs co-written with Gary Louris (The Jayhawks), The Stand-In came together and took form as a team effort, strengthened by a longtime friendship with band mates Jeremy Fetzer and Spencer Cullum.
Inspired by classic country musicians, misunderstandings, break ups, mystical landmarks and the constantly evolving landscape of the Nashville music scene, The Stand-In is an ambitious record, a testament to Rose’s bold approach and strength as a songwriter. With a trademark punch that the New York Times once likened to a young â€œPatsy Cline learning to howlâ€, Roseâ€™s fiery disposition shines through on rollicking tracks like â€œNo One To Callâ€ and â€œWaitinâ€™,â€ songs that possess a huge sound and a whole lot of character. Never the type to be one-dimensional, Rose wears her heart on her sleeve on candid serenades like â€œI Was Cruelâ€ and sentimental ballads like â€œPink Champagneâ€ or â€œWhen Iâ€™m Gone.â€
And in true form, Rose includes a brilliant cover on The Stand-In, this time of The Felice Brothersâ€™ single, â€œDallas.â€ When evaluating Roseâ€™s historic love affair with reinventing classic songs, the term â€œcoverâ€ seems like a bit of an understatement. With her past renditions of songs like Fleetwood Macâ€™s â€œThings Changeâ€ and Arctic Monkeysâ€™ â€œPiledriver Waltzâ€, Rose demonstrates an undeniable knack for choosing unexpected gems that result in a brilliant interpretation of her own that can stand up to the original.
As Rose noted, â€œIâ€™ve got a big personality when thereâ€™s room for it.â€ With The Stand-In, the world will certainly make room for Caitlin Rose.