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  • News, Blues, etc.

    Folks!

    Super stoked for our gig with our - er - amigos from Charlotte, Amigo! They'll be joining us Friday, September 23rd at the newly reopened Station in sunny downtown Carrboro, NC. Before that, me and Rosewood Bluff steel dude Nathan Golub will be playing a set opening up for longtime pals the Veldt at my beloved Cave in Chapel Hill on August 26. The duo show will include Two Dollar Pistols songs, Rosewood Bluff songs, a cover or two, and a few songs from the solo album I'm working on out at Rick Miller's Kudzu Ranch studio. Hoping to have the solo album - which, by the way, is called Not Tonight - out in the next six months, so keep an eye out for it. As always, we very much appreciate your support. Peace, and big love to you-

    John 

  • Sunday March 6th, with Wayne "The Train" Hancock, Raleigh NC

    "Hancock, who tosses out a roots mix of old country, roadhouse blues, western dance swing, boogie bop, and straight-up Rockabilly, takes what was once old and makes it seem like it's always been and always will be." 

    We had a great time opening for Wayne back in 2015. We're honored to have been asked to open for him at his Pour House show on March 6th. 

    Ticket details here: Pour House Music Hall

  • First show of 2016 - Elvisfest!

    First show of 2016 - Elvisfest!

    Elvisfest is an annual event celebrating the musical legacy of Elvis Presley which happens every year on or near the birthday of the King of Rock and Roll. 19 bands wil play 2 different stages over 2 nights. The Rosewood Bluff play Friday 8th January at about 11:30pm.

    Bailey'S Sports Bar, 1722 Fordham Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC
  • November show at the Cave, recording news

    November show at the Cave, recording news

    John and the band will be playing an extended show at The Cave on November 15th. It'll start around 6pm, and we'll be debuting some new material as well as revisiting some older stuff, so message us or leave a comment if you've got any requests. Facebook Event Link

    Speaking of new material, we recently spent a couple of days at Kudzu Ranch recording tracks for the next album. Also in the pipleline is a 7" vinyl release, which we hope to have ready in time for Christmas.

    In other news, we're proud to have been included on Bear Family Records' 40th Anniversary compilation, alongside a ton of great musicians including Chuck Mead, Ry Cooder and Deke Dickerson. Get your copy here.

    Happy Halloween! 

  • Happy Holidays and WOW! (UPDATED!)

    Hey gang!

    How is everyone?!  Hope you all are enjoying the season's festivities and surrounded by those you love.  From all of us in the Rosewood Bluff to all of you out there, we wish you the happiest of holidays!

    Some exciting news!  Nothing like rubbing the sleep out of your eyes, picking up your electronic handheld device, and discovering... your band made not one but FOUR best of 2014 lists!

    Country Fried Rock gave us the 2014 nod!  Thank you SO MUCH!!!  We're thrilled!

    http://countryfriedrock.org/best-of-2014/#.VJesJMAAB

    The Americana Music Show has kindly named us #2 right behind our friends from St. Paul and The Broken Bones!  DANG!  That's some fantastic company!  Thank you, Americana Music Show!!!

    http://americanamusicshow.com/bestof2014/

    12/23 UPDATE!!! 

    We just discovered we're on two other lists as well!  Holy moly, y'all!  We are hummbled and honored to have so many kind nods from the music community.  

    Eric Hodge at WUNC named us his Top 5 Music Recommendations of 2014!  Thanks Eric and WUNC!!!  Check it out here:

    http://wunc.org/post/eric-hodges-5-top-music-recommendations-2014

    Trigger over at SavingCountryMusic.com named us as one of the 50 Essential Albums of 2014.  Thank you to the Saving Country Music community and all of our supporters over there that keep the torch of country music burning brightly!

    http://www.savingcountrymusic.com/saving-country-musics-50-essential-albums-for-2014

    Seriously... this is amazing.  John and I were chatting about how far things have come in a year, and we simply can't thank you all enough.  Thank you to our wonderful fans, supporters, fellow musicians, and everyone else that has ever stopped for a second to turn an ear our way.  Without all of you in the Rosewood Bluff community, we would not be where we are today or on so many fantastic lists!  You have our deepest thanks, love, and appriciation for just being you.

    What's up next?  Why... ElvisFest of course!  More on that in the New Year's edition of the Rosewood Bluff blog. :D  And, no!  We're not giving any hints on our choices.  See you out and about!  Be safe wherever you are traveling and don't burn yourself while baking (I all ready took care of that for y'all!).

    UPDATE 1/7/15

    And... TWO MORE!!!

    Thank you Turf 'n' Sport!  You guys are super sweet to give us the mention!

    http://turfnsport.com/favorite-albums-of-2014-tunes-that-are-not-a-gamble/

    Thank to WXDU for naming us NUMBER ONE NC release of 2014!!!  Dang!

    http://www.wxdu.org/node/1131

    Much love!

    ~Billie.

  • "It's beginning to look a lot like..."

    Hey all!

    We had a wonderful time at SPITTLEFest at The Pour House in Raleigh!  Thanks to everyone that came out!  We even got to do a late night jam with Jim Lauderdale!  Check it out!  Photo by our friend Dave Brainard!

    And a couple other photos by our friend Don O'Neil!

    We have one more show coming up on Sunday, November 30th at The Thirsty Beaver in Charlotte, NC!  Nothing in December so far, so you all enjoy the holiday season, and we'll catch you in January!

    Lots of love,

    ~Billie. 

  • Happy Fall, y'all!

    Hey all you lovely Bluff fans, you!

    It's that time of year again.... leaves turning, campfires, a chance for that one last ride on the Blue Ridge before it gets a little too cold.  Personally, it's my favorite time of year.  As much as I love the beautiful Carolina summertime, there are few things better than curling up with a cup of tea on a crisp fall evening.

    Speaking of fall evenings, we have some wonderful shows lined up!

    Coming up next Friday is Shakori Hills where we will be in the Cabaret Tent at 7:00 PM.  It's always a fun time out there and everyone is always in a happy dancing mood.  We'd love to see all your smiling faces there!

    The following week (October 17th and 18th) find us at The Cat's Cradle Backroom and The Garage in Winston-Salem, NC with our buddies from Charlotte, The Loudermilks!

    Here's to the season!  Cheers, everyone!

    Much love,

    ~Billie.

  • Dog Days of Summer!

    Hey all you lovely Bluff fans!

    How are y'all doing?!  

    I'm writing to you from the campus coffee shop at North Carolina Central University.  It's officially back to (grad)school time for this bassist!  Things have been a little crazy lately (in a good way) in Bluff-land but they are finally settling down.

    Speaking of settling down, why don't you all stop by THIS FRIDAY at the City Tap to hear some toe-tappin' honky tonk?  Let's ring the school year in right and bid adios to the Carolina summer time.  It sure was a good one and we'd love to celebrate it with you all.  Free show, tips much appricated.

    Our good friend Michael Rank will be kicking everything off at 8:30 with his dark version of acoustic americana and we'll be following right after.

    Saturday we have a special treat at the Shakori Hills Grassroots grounds, where John will be playing solo for Songwriters in the Round.  Click HERE for more information.  It's bound to be a great evening!

    Those are our last shows of August, so come out and say howdy!  Drag along that special someone  and enjoy last of the lovely summer evenings.  

    Whoops!  Gotta go.  Almost late for jazz gutiar ensemble class!  

    Great big hugs from all of us in the Rosewood Bluff to all of you out there.  We sure do love y'all.

    Until next time,

    ~Billie.

  • Gizmo Brew Works, The Pinhook, and SchoolKids

    Why, fancy seeing you here!

    Hope you all have been out enjoying some fun time by the pool, catching some rays on the sand, or just enjoying the beautiful summer season.

    This past Saturday we had the pleasure of playing our friend Brian's wedding at Gizmo Brew Works.  If you haven't stopped by there to sample the wonderful brews they are creating, you are missing out.  Put it on your list of things to do this summer, and make sure to bring a friend!  That way you can both "cheers!" each other in congradulations for helping to support the local economy and celebrate fine craftsmanship.

    This week the Bluff is taking a short intermission, but we'll be back in the saddle on July 24th at The Pinhook in Durham with our good buddies Dom Casual.  It's always so fun to play with dear friends.  Stop by and come help us celebrate a midsummer's night throwdown.  :)  You've been just itching to show off those new shorty boots you bought for the hot summer weather, aren't you?  Yeah you are!

    Can't make it to the Pinhook?  Past your bedtime?  Gotta work early the next day?  Taking the kids to summer camp?  Don't you worry about a THING!  We've got you covered!  *fist pound*

    Stop by SchoolKids Records in Raleigh on Saturday, July 26th from 8:30-9:30 pm!  We're doing a rare and fun in-store show.  It'll happen at 8:30 sharp and it's all ages.  Stop on by and support your local record store!

    Our pedal steel player, Nathan Golub has a solo release out and you can check it out HERE!  We love it, and hope you will too!

    On a sadder note, Tommy Ramone has picked up his ticket for the big music festival in the sky and the last of the orginal Ramones has left the building.  Rest in peace, Tommy!  We will miss you!  Thanks for all the wondeful musicianship you have gifted to the human race and music history.  (If you haven't heard "It's Alive," the live Ramones album, do yourself a favor and pick it up!)

    That's it for now!  Much love to you all and all of us in Bluffville hope to see you soon!

    ~Billie.