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Hear Caitlin Rose’s Ever-So-Sweet ‘I Was Cruel’

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Tennessee upstart Caitlin Rose made one of SPIN’s Best Country and Americana Albums of 2011 with her spare Own Side Now. Back then, she reminded us of “everything we love about Zooey Deschanel, relocated to Nashville, toughened and tarted-up,” but in the announcement for her new LP The Stand-In, out March 5 via ATO, Rose makes it clear that she’s no mumbly-bumbly, quirkily shrinking violet: “This album could be considered my first attempt at a high kick,” she says. “We’re not aiming to make indie-sounding records. How boring would that be?” Amen. Nashville producers Jordan Lehning and Skylar Wilson (Justin Townes Earle) add polish to Rose’s gorgeous grit across the 12-song set, and we’ve got the first taste of their collaboration below. For “I Was Cruel,” her voice begins with a quiet quaver, curves ever-so-softly into the sweetest notes, then goes wide for the panoramic harmonies and soaring melodies that the song’s buff Americana arrangement deserves. “Lovin’ you is the hardest thing to do,” Rose sings, but the same could not be said in return. Our heroine hits the road in March. Catch those dates after the song and The Stand-In‘s track list.

Caitlin Rose’s The Stand-In track list:

1. “No One to Call”
2. “I Was Cruel”
3. “Waitin'”
4. “Only a Clown”
5. “Dallas”
6. “Pink Champagne”
7. “Golden Boy”
8. “Silver Sings”
9. “Everywhere I Go”
10. “When I’m Gone”
11. “Menagerie” 
12. “Old Numbers”

Caitlin Rose 2013 tour dates:

March 9 – Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
March 27 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
March 28 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
March 29 – Columbia, SC @ Jammin’ Java Music & Coffee
March 30 – Brooklyn, NY @ Union Hall
April 1 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
April 2 – Cambridge, MA @ T.T. The Bear’s
April 3 – Philadelphia, PA @ Milkboy
April 5 – Toronto, ON @ The Garrison
April 6 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe
April 8 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
April 9 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas
April 10 – Indianapolis, IN @ Radio Radio
April 11 – Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar