Prepare to be countryfied by Anna Rosales at St. Mark’s Methodist Church Grace campus this Sunday, Aug. 16. Her debut album, “Washed Up On Your Shore,” debuted late last year, featuring an old school sound and country-stained blues. What’s Up talked to Ana about her sound and making it in the music industry.
Q. Any plans for your next album?
I have some songs that I’m already doing in the live show that are going to be in the next one. Mostly it’s been hitting the pavement. Trying to get the word out and play as much as possible.
Q. You like all the touring?
This is how I started. I really love it. I love meeting people and being in a different environment is refreshing. A lot of time people don’t know you from anyone, and then you walk in and play something they love and it’s a nice thing to be able to do that.
Q. You got such an old-school sound.
Growing up in El Paso we had an exposure to everything, from Mexican music, R&B to old rock, and the country was always there. When I started playing music, I started playing in cover bands. But what really appealed to me was that sort of roots/Americana. I’ve played in a whole bunch of different genres of bands, but that roots/Americana always stuck with me.
Q. Is it easier than ever to get out there now?
It’s easier and harder. There’s more people doing it. Before, there used to be these supergroups. There’s a lot of different ways to make it. I’ve seen people that have made it in the fact that they only play music for a living, and they make a decent living at it, they are critically celebrated. Are they millionaires? No. In the way that they are able to continue doing what they love, they have made it. There’s some people that achieve superstardom and the culture tells you that that’s the only way that you’ve ‘made it.’ But really, if you’re able to sustain yourself and do what you love, then yeah, you’ve made it. It’s easier to carve that niche out for yourself. It’s harder because you don’t get that exposure.
Q. You think you’ll be creating folk songs for people in forty years?
Definitely. I’ve always done it. Since I figured out I could do it I’ve done it. I’ve done it for some money and no money. It’s just something that you do. I have a child, and you just kind of fit it in because you love it. The way the music business is right now, the rewards are few and far in between monetarily. If that’s the only reward you’re looking for, than it’s a hard road to take. If you find true comfort and find yourself loving to play, then it is such a substantial payback to being able to do this.
You do it just because you like to do it. There will be people who like your stuff and some who don’t. You can get lost in the numbers, but you can just try and keep yourself out there.
Sounds of Grace Concert Series
St. Mark’s Methodist
Church Grace campus
400 N. Carolina Dr.
Sunday, Aug. 16, 3 p.m.
For more info, visit, reverbnation.com/annamariarosales or