My name is Rosie Flores and I’m an internationally known touring musician, songwriter,guitarist, singer and producer. Not long ago, I had the great fortune of producing the final recording sessions for legendary rockabilly artist Janis Martin who was an inspiration to me musically and personally. Janis passed away in September, 2007 and her dying wish was to see these recordings released. This is a wish I am determined to honor.
Janis Martin was one of the few women working in rock and roll during the 1950s, andshe proved to be one of the early innovators, not only of rock, but of country music as well. Nicknamed “The Female Elvis” for her dance moves on stage and her ability to fuse her Hillbilly and R and B roots, Martin’s trailblazing career has influenced countless female artists myself included. After she agreed to sing with me on two duets for my Rockabilly Filly CD (1995/ Hightone Records), Janis and I became close friends. This was Janis’ initial return to the studio after a 30 year hiatus and followed on the heels of a session I’d done with Wanda Jackson. Recording with both of these legends was not only an honor for me, but it was also a dream come true.
Through the years of our friendship I never gave up on trying to get Janis back in thestudio to record something new and in 2007 she finally agreed. Drummer Bobby Trimble and I combed through a plethora of material, finally selecting 10 new songs we thought would fit Janis to a tee and then we put together an amazing band and recorded those sides. I have tried numerous times to shop this record to various labels and thus far have had no luck. Sadly, due to the current climate of the recording industry I have not been able to find a label that would be willing to take on this project and unfortunately, we are still in need of funds in order to finish mixing and mastering the record.
Word has gotten out that I have this treasure in my hands and I’ve been contacted bynumerous Janis Martin fans, old and new, that are chomping at the bit to hear theserecordings and that’s why I ‘ve decided to bring this project to Kickstarter.com. Not only are Janis’ vocals still strong and rockin’ but her amazing rendition of Sweet Dreams is one of the best performances she ever gave-and at the age of 68, no less!
This valuable project needs your help and any donation, large or small, would go a long way towards getting these gems, mixed, mastered and manufactured! Your pledge has the power to keep Janis Martin's legacy alive. We hope that sooner than later, you and all of Janis Martin’s thousands of fans can finally own a copy of her very last studio sessions. My wish is to pay tribute to a real cool lady who never stopped rockin’ and rollin’ until the end.
Thanks, in advance, for your help! This project meant the world to her.
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