Rosie Flores brings her rockabilly style to the Hoogland Center for the Arts Saturday night. She and Marti Brom will be on stage in the next Bedrock 66 Live music event. This show will be a tribute to Janis Martin, also known as the "Female Elvis."
WUIS' Sean Burns interviewed Flores about her music background and the latest project:
Rosie Flores started a Kickstarter project in 2011 to record, "The Female Elvis," Janis Martin. Martin died shortly after the sessions. Flores completed the project and has now released the recording. Flores has partnered with Marti Brom in a rockabilly tribute to Martin. They will play WUIS' Bedrock 66 Live Saturday, September 7 at 8 p.m.
Janis Martin was just a teenager from Virginia when she was christened "The Female Elvis." In the mid-1950s, she sold 750,000 copies of a song called "Will You, Willyum." She played the Grand Ole Opry, American Bandstand and The Tonight Show. But her fame was short-lived. Martin got married and had a baby, which didn't sit so well with the people managing her career. Her label dropped her, and she fell off the musical map.