Your Voice, Your Choice #49 – Annie Rost

Today we continue with our popular “Your Voice, Your Choice” feature on Belles and Gals, the 49th edition of the feature! We introduce one of our favourite songs from a country artist and then the artist tells us in turn about a song that has inspired them and has a special place in their heart. Today we feature Texas artist Annie Rost!

We first featured Annie Rost on Belles and Gals a couple of weeks ago when we interviewed the Texas singer. We’ve chosen the song ‘Texas Hospitality’, a song Annie recently released as a single.

I asked Annie all about the song in the interview:

Texas Hospitality was written by the guys in Too Smooth (including Jeff and Brian). It was a 70’s anthem of the pride and spirit of Texans everywhere. Too Smooth was a very popular rock band from Austin that toured all over Texas and adjoining states. They came close to stardom but weren’t able to break through for various reasons. However they could always draw a big crowd so when major artists came through, Too Smooth would be asked to open for them knowing that they would enhance the drawing power of the headline act. They played with numerous acts such as Aerosmith, Ted Nugent, Rush, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Judas Priest, etc.

Texas Hospitality was one of their most popular songs. So when Jeff suggested that I record it I jumped at the chance! Of course I had to put my spin on it and “countrify” it a bit but I wanted to retain the rock and roll attitude of it. I think we were able to accomplish that!’

Annie Rost has chosen ‘Please Send Me Someone To Love’ by B.B. King with Mick Hucknall as her choice.

‘After MANY sleepless nights, and MUCH deliberation, I’ve chosen a blues song, that’s inspired me the most:
B.B. King with Mick Hucknall, “Please Send Me Someone To Love”.

I grew up in a country/gospel music family. I learned to play guitar to old church songs. When I was around 8, I heard this song for the first time, and I wanted to learn to sing! Even hearing this song, years later, I stand up and scream out the words, all while imagining I’m in a smoke-filled juke joint!

B.B. King’s words, and guitar playing have a way of striking the soul. You can relate to the pain or emotion he sings about. I read once that the King was forbidden to play blues music by his mother, calling it the Devil’s music. His cousin at the time, however, was a well known blues player, Bukka White. In fact, he was the King’s guitar teacher, and you’ll hear White’s influence on B.B.’s music.

Take a listen, and you be the judge. See if you are raising your arms, singing out loud while the song plays, or maybe it’s just me!’

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