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Two Tons of Steel w/ Rosie Flores

Critic's Pick Release Date: 2010-04-09
Claiming (as she does with the title of her latest album) to be Girl of the Century is gutsy, and claiming (as she does on her MySpace page) to be from Austin when she was clearly born in San An-mother-effing-tonio is practically treason around these parts. If you like rockabilly for its country-fried rock and not its ironic sideburns and bolo ties, though, Flores is the filly for you. “This Cat’s in the Dog House” totally digs the blues roots beneath Hank’s high-lonesome yelp (it’s basically a Williams song from the put-upon female perspective), and “I’m Not Talking” demands “Don’t call me, baby, I’ll call you” before launching into a guitar solo that federal safety guidelines demand be defined as “scorchy.” Plus, the way she channels the animas of Johnny Cash and Eric Clapton in “Big River” and “Can’t Find My Way Home,” respectively — not to mention the fact that she gives SA a shout-out in practically every interview she gives —?make us inclined to forgive the defection. She sounds a little stiff on “Get Rhythm,” but that’s something we strongly suspect will be worked out in concert. We also suspect she’ll kick our ass for that if she reads this. Fair enough. $12, 8pm Sat, Apr 10, Sam’s Burger Joint, 330 E. Grayson, (210) 223-2830, — Jeremy Martin

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