Whitney Rose, ‘Heartbreaker of the Year,’ headed to House of Blues


In the case of rising Canadian singer-songwriter Whitney Rose, “fake news” is country music’s gain.

Now based in Austin, Rose gave up her college journalism studies for a very good reason.

“They’re interested in facts, and I like making things up,” she recently told an interviewer.

Her imagination serves her well on such songs as “The Devil Borrowed My Boots,” “My First Rodeo” and “Heartbreaker of the Year,” which is the title of her 2015 album (produced by Raul Malo of The Mavericks, who also play on the album).

At times sounding like a cross between Kitty Wells and Rosanne Cash, by way of Patsy Cline and Emmylou Harris, Rose is growing increasingly more assured with her music.

On Friday, she’ll open at House of Blues for Wheeler Walker, Jr., the X-rated country music alter-ego of comedian Ben Hofmann.

Wheeler Walker, Jr., and Whitney Rose: 7:30 p.m. Friday. House of Blues Voodoo Room, 1055 Fifth Ave., downtown. $18. (800) 745-3000 or