Listening to … Maggie Rose, ‘Cut to Impress’

Maggie Rose arrives at the CMT Music Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. © Invision/AP photo by  Wade Payne.

Maggie Rose arrives at the CMT Music Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. © Invision/AP photo by Wade Payne.

If you have not been listening to Maggie Rose, it isn’t because music critics haven’t been telling you to. We will tell you her chart performance in no way reflects her talent, which put her aptly titled Cut to Impress album on numerous Top 10 lists at the end of last year.

The album culminates a five-year recorded journey through the music business that had previously been highlighted by a notable, but maybe ill-advised Kings of Leon cover and music for some Disney Channel shows.

Maggie Rose-album coverThere is nothing Disney about Cut to Impress.

Rose’s debut album struts out of the speakers with a confidence that would make Loretta Lynn or Miranda Lambert proud. Her voice can soar or slice, and she is backed by a tight band that makes her sound torrential and expansive like on the rocker Fall Madly in Love With You. 

The album opens with the gritty murder song Preacher’s Daughter, includes another rough story in Looking Back Now, the self-medicating anthem Better and her signature song to date, I Ain’t Your Mama. Those and the album’s finale, Goodbye Monday, show a strength in bluesy, organic material Rose ought to consider as she preps for her next album, which at least those of us in the critical realm will regard as highly anticipated.

And Cut to Impress should also have us anticipating Rose’s 6:55 p.m. Sunday set at Red, White & Boom.

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