“This is my first record under my own name,” Selena Rosanbalm says matter-of-factly about her new album. “The name change makes me feel liberated. It gives me the freedom to get political and talk about the real issues facing the world today instead of feeling pressured to write within the confines of country music.”
You may recall the band she’s referring to writing for -- honky-tonk group Rosie and the Ramblers, founded in 2011, and based in Austin. In addition to touring the western US, recording two EPs, and releasing a full-length record of original material, Rosie and the Ramblers became a crowd favorite in Austin’s two-stepping scene, boasting billing with Austin favorites Kelly Willis, Mike and the Moonpies, and Brennen Leigh.
With her new, self-titled album, Selena deals with grief -- the death of a loved one, the end of a relationship, shifts in dynamics between adult children and their parents. She introduces listeners to more of who she is, showcasing heartbreaking candor and an edginess that sets these new songs apart from her previous work. Throughout the album, she’s not afraid to approach complicated subject matter.