Ezza Rose didn’t plan to be a singer. Going to an arts school primarily for dance and theater, singing was part of the coursework, and something that required getting past her nerves on stage. Even after moving from the small town of Julian, California to Portland, Rose’s first foray into the arts here was as a painter. But meetings with supportive musicians at an open mic night steered her to singing again, and Rose found her voice as a folk artist. On her new record, When the Water’s Hot, she’s traded acoustic guitar for electric, and along with a full band — with Jessie Dettwiler (cello), Lance Leonnig (bass), Nathan Hurst (keyboards), Arthur Lee (guitar), and Ethan Boardman (drums)— she creates stormier arrangements to nestle around her wistful melodies and voice.
You can catch the Ezza Rose Band this Friday night (April 10th) at Bunk Bar.
See video of her studio performance at OPB in the player above, and listen and download the songs and interview in the player below.
Audio Recording and Mixes: Steven Kray
Video Editor: Brendan Jones
Video Cameras: Jarratt Taylor, Sam Smith, Grahame Bywater
Executive Producer, Interview: David Christensen