Country-folk singer Caitlin Rose has had a pretty eventful few years in her career. In the last three years, she has had multiple songs featured prominently in two major television shows, shared the stage with the likes of Dawes, Jason Isbell, Leon Russell, and debuted at the Grand Ole Opry. Her most recent album, 2013's The Stand-In, became her first album to hit the charts, peaking at number 42 on the US Country chart and number 29 on the US Heatseekers chart.
Caitlin Rose started her solo career in 2007 after the dissolution of her band, Save Macaulay. Since then, she has released an EP (2008's Dead Flowers) and two full-lengths (2010's Own Side Now and 2013's The Stand-In), all to critical acclaim.
Steeped in old-style folk and country, many of the songs on The Stand-In have a twang to them. However, she makes the songs more contemporary with the addition of indie-rock elements. It's most evident in songs like “Only A Clown” and “No One To Call,” which are more upbeat. In “Only A Clown,” it almost sounds like the electric guitar is floating alongside the vocals. It's a fresh spin on a classic sound. Caitlin Rose's voice sounds effortless when she sings, hitting the high notes without a problem. The way her voice bridges the country and indie genres makes her music unique.
Proving that her story-like songwriting is just as fresh as her singing style, Caitlin Rose's music has been used to soundtrack some of today's most popular shows. “Shanghai Cigarettes” and “When I'm Gone” have both been placed in CW drama Hart of Dixie. In addition to her song “Old Numbers” being placed in ABC's Nashville, the show took it one step further and had one of their cast members cover her song “Waiting” in a pivotal scene of the show.
With her old school meets new school style, it is no wonder the Caitlin Rose has become one of country music's newest fascinations. Her penchant for storytelling has gotten her noticed by major network shows, which has brought even more attention to the rest of her music. As people keep recognizing her songwriting, it is only a matter of time before Caitlin Rose will be a major name in the country music game.
Written by Elise Yablon
Photo by Danielle Holbert