11 Questions to a Nashville Musician: Caitlin Rose

Caitlin Rose

While this 11 Questions forum has been a treasure chest of new music for me to discover, it sure is exciting to connect with some of my favorite artists. The latest is Caitlin Rose who has been a little quiet over the last few years. Has it really been eight years since her sophomore LP, “The Stand-In”?

Well, the good news is that Caitlin tells us that she has finished a new record. And, to wet our appetite in the meantime, we have the 10th anniversary vinyl reissue of her precious debut LP, “Own Side Now.” It’s fully remastered on colored vinyl and comes with a bonus 7-inch single with two unreleased songs.

“Own Side Now” sounds as delightful as ever and her singing and writing on this record were a reminder of how new and fresh a classic Country sound can be. That LP also included the track that The New York Times listed as one of the Ten Best Songs of 2011, “Shanghai Cigarettes.” You can watch its original video here, some of which was shot at the OG Basement. Also, if you look hard you can see the great Rayland Baxter playing along.

 A big thanks to Caitlin for her 11 answers. I can’t tell you how great it is to see her back on the scene. Come join me at The 5 Spot at 8:30pm on Saturday night, November 27 to see her and her band play live in celebration of the reissue of one of my favorite records to ever come out of Nashville. You can grab a ticket right now at Eventbrite and if you can’t make it, the show is being filmed for future viewing.

Where are you from originally, when did you move to Nashville and why?

Amarillo, TX. We moved here when my dad started a job with MCA in 1994.

What are the first and the last records you bought, and where did you buy them? Were they CD, vinyl or digital? 

The first I actually purchased myself was Garbage’s self-titled on CD, most likely at a Sam Goody. The next one I remember buying was No Doubt’s Tragic Kingdom. When we were in Texas, my dad actually worked for Western Merchandising and part of his job was choosing what went into the stores, so his collection of promo copies was insane. There was lots of music in the house to pick through and lots being played most of the time. He had an entire wall of CD storage in the basement filled with everything you could imagine from Country music to World music to Zappa to Beethoven box sets. It probably influenced my own way of experiencing music and genre. The album I bought most recently was Francoise Hardy’s album on vinyl at Grimey’s when I went and checked out the Own Side Now mural that Kim Radford painted!

First and last live concerts that you’ve seen? 

My dad swears my mom was pregnant with me at a Dylan/Petty show in Dallas in ‘87, if so, it was 22 days before I was born, so I think that counts. But I very much remember seeing a show on the Garth Brooks World Tour in ‘93, because not even a 6-year-old could forget that. The last show I saw is honestly hard to remember. It must have been Madi Diaz outside in The Basement parking lot and that was pretty great.

Whose star should be added to the Music City Walk of Fame? 

Well, Kid Rock is on there and Cindy Walker isn’t. So, I guess that’s my answer, but doesn’t he kind of ruin it for everyone?

Where do you go in Nashville for coffee and pizza? 

A Five Points Pizza opened up on the West Side a while back so that’s my usual go to. The Super Bianca is a delight. I don’t really do coffee shops, but I do love Headquarters on Charlotte Ave. They have good music, a nice little backyard and a lavender syrup that I will put in basically anything. There’s also Rhino Booksellers right down the street which is always fun to comb.

What’s your favorite record to ever come out of Nashville? 

Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde. That comes to my mind first and foremost so I’ll stick with it.

Where’s the best place to eat late night after a show? 

Where is there even left to go? I used to love a post-show Goldrush if I was in the neighborhood. I stopped going to the Hermitage a long time ago after one of the waitresses was really spooky to a guy I was with and I don’t really like breakfast food anyway. Anyways, RIP to those, so, I don’t know. Jack in the Box?

The Bluebird calls and asks you to host an “In the Round.” Pick three local songwriters to join you. 

Tristen, The Kernal and Jordan Lehning, because I know all of their songs.

What are your favorite music venues to play in town? 

The Basement, Mercy Lounge and The 5 Spot have always been my favorites.

Name a musician who you’d like to see move here? 

Or they could just stay where they are? I’m just kidding.

Finally, what’s in your musical future? 

I just finished a new album and hopefully someone will put it out. Then I’ll tour it a little with people I like. I’d love to make a standards record someday, but who am I kidding?

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