Maggie Rose has had a big year in 2019, and it’s not done yet. She’s releasing a new single in December and still has three more shows slated during the final month of the year. (Check her out in Birmingham, Ala., Atlanta, and Bethesda, Md.) She has big plans for 2020, too.
Part of those plans includes a new album that she has been recording with producer Ben Tanner at FAME Recording Studio in Muscle Shoals, Ala. Of the experience, Tanner tells DittyTV, “Working with Maggie has been a real pleasure. She’s a truly special singer. When she opens her mouth, it immediately sounds like a record, which makes my job a lot easier and a lot more fun. She also brings an open, collaborative spirit to the whole process. So you get a group of talented folks in a room like FAME and give them license and freedom to create, and that makes for a really special experience. I’m still working on the record, but we’re getting close, and we’re all very excited about it.”
DittyTV Senior Editor Tim W. Jackson caught up with Maggie Rose for our latest 5 Questions segment.
1) You have so much going on these days, but let’s start by taking a step back. You made your first appearances at AmericanaFest in 2019 and, by all accounts, just blew people away. What can you tell us about your experiences at AmericanaFest?
Well, thank you so much for the compliment. What I loved about AmericanaFest was the variety of artists that were part of the event. It was inspiring to be among the 700 or so acts that were performing that week, and the sense of community made me feel comfortable on the stages I was invited to play. The War Memorial was a special show for me because I’ve always wanted to play that venue and the WMOT Roots Radio audience was so attentive and appreciative. Our late night show at 3rd & Lindsley after the awards was very late, but people stayed up to rally and party with us. I felt very much at home, and it didn’t hurt that I got to be on the same bill as Tanya Tucker and Brandi Carlile for the evening.
2) And staying in the past for one more question, the Change the Whole Thing documentary is fantastic. How did that project come about, and what do you think the documentary—in addition to the album by the same name—has done for your visibility?
The documentary came about as organically as the album did. My friend Jeff Johnson is a talented videographer and was luckily there in the studio from day one with the camera rolling. After months of being a fly on the wall and watching us work in the studio and play shows on the road, he told us that he wanted to pursue the challenge of helping us further tell the story by weaving all the footage together. I never imagined that I would get to make an album in such an elaborate and special way, and I am so thankful that he was there to capture so much from that chapter of my career. All of the people featured in the film helped me pull together my album Change the Whole Thing. I love that I was able to make that record with so many talented people, including my producer Bobby Holland, and I feel like the audience gets to understand more about me and the creative process by watching the film.
3) Looking forward, you have a new single, “Can’t Miss Something,” releasing Dec. 6. What can you tell us about that song, and where do things stand in regard to writing songs for future projects?
I wanted to give fans one more track from Change the Whole Thing as a way of giving thanks to all those who’ve allowed for this album to change my life, really. The band I toured with and the fans, new and old, who came out to celebrate the music with us this past year get a parting gift with this bonus track. “Can’t Miss Something” also serves as a lovely bow on the project, allowing it to come to a conclusion before moving on to next year, when we roll out some new music.
4) With the past year or so being so big for you in so many ways, where do you see things going in 2020?
The last couple of years have truly carried me to new heights, and I don’t mean in terms of notoriety and such, but more so in what I aspire to create and do. I feel like I have firmly found my place in a way that I never had before, and it has made me dream bigger than I have in a while. We have been recording new music in Muscle Shoals (with producer Ben Tanner), and it’s been a bucket list milestone for me. Next year should be a big year, especially since I will have some new music that I’ve been working on for a while that I will finally get to share.
5) Let’s end with something fun, though challenging: If you could perform live with any living musical artist, who would it be and why?
Jeff Lynne. I mean, he got The Beatles back together!
Watch the Change the Whole Thing documentary here: