RAINA ROSE was born on the day the music died. She sings folk-borne americana songs of long travels, fictional characters, time that plays tricks and governments that play tricks. She was a 2007 Kerrville New Folk Finalist, received honorable mention in the 2006 Telluride Troubadour Compettion, and played at High Sierra Music Festival in '06 and '07. The Austin based sinner/songwriter tours nationally and is seeking label interest for her third album "End of Endless False Starts".
"If more clarification is needed, try this one: On the same day I received End of Endless False Starts I also received the mucho hyped discs by U2 (No Line On The Horizon) and Van Morrison's Live Astral Weeks. Two weeks later, she's still in my player alongside the new offerings by Neko Case and Eilen Jewell. Those other guys are up on a shelf somewhere."
-Mike Jurkovich, Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
"Rose's sprightly vocal delivery and sage wordplay hint at the depth and wisdom of an ageless soul"
-Dan Bolles, Vermont's weekly entertainment mag, Seven Days
"The lovely Raina Rose is the shining light in the up and coming folk scene. Her new release “end of endless false starts” is as beautiful as she is."
-Night Flying Publications, Nanny Paddock
"It’s Rose’s latest offering, End Of Endless False Starts, freshly recorded and released this year, that bring focus to her ever-sharpening talent. Stand-outs include the album’s opener, “Are You Still In Love With The World?,” a song in which Rose is quick to reward listeners with a song both rich and poetic. Banjo, fiddle and a lively beat help to bring “Desire” to life, a track that shows off Rose’s sharp word play."
-Robbie McCown, Womenfolk blog, Feb '09
"You jumped on every song like a cat, broke my heart, made me laugh and I knew that I could brag about you to anyone and feel completely justified." -JONATHAN BYRD
"Her voice is clear and sweet, recalling at times Suzanne Vega or Dirty Martini's McKinley, and even -- when she opts for a slip-and-slide sort of phrasing popular with young female folkies these days -- Ani DiFranco. She is most compelling when she gets serious, as in the ruminative See You Singing, on which her multitracked vocals create a haunting effect, or the dark literary vignette Back Alley Butcher.... Suffice to say, this moth has taken wing." -Marty Hughley, Entertainment Editor, The Oregonian
"Portland native Raina Rose is everything a young female folksinger should be...From her late duo the Gypsy Moths to her latest and best-yet CD, The Prophet, the Panhandler, and the Moon, her vocal, guitar and songwriting chops continue to flourish." -JEFF ROSENBERG, Willamette Week, May '07