Rosehill is built on friendship

The Texas country duo of longtime pals Blake Myers and Mitch McBain opens for Whiskey Myers on Saturday at the Wormy Dog Saloon in Oklahoma City.
by Brandy McDonnell Modified: April 4, 2013 at 3:52 pm •  Published: April 5, 2013
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After college — Myers went to Texas A&M in College Station, while McBain attended Texas State in San Marcos — the pals ended up back in their old neighborhood in Cypress.

Musically, they also wanted to get back to the kind of Texas country they initially set out to make, and a demo of their new songs caught the ears of Lone Star state music star Radney Foster.

“Radney told us, ‘You're a duo already; you just don't know it,'” Myers said.

Adopting the moniker Rosehill, the pair set out to become a true duo, one that would share singing, songwriting and musical duties.

That meant Myers had to get up to speed on his guitar work, while McBain had to overcome a learning curve on vocals.

Foster and Jay Clementi coproduced Rosehill's debut album, 2010's “White Lines and Stars,” which generated four top 15 singles on the Texas Music Cart. Their videos for “Midnight America” and the No. 5 hit “Dream It All Over Again” received extensive play on CMT “Pure 12-Pack Countdown.”

Last month, they filmed the video for “Did You Ever Turn Around,” the new single from their second album, “Crooked Thoughts.” For Rosehill's sophomore effort, Clementi took on a more hands-on producing role while Foster became more of an executive producer.

“It's more raw, a little less polished, a little more Blake and Mitch,” Myers said of their second album, which was released in October.

As they tour in support of “Crooked Thoughts,” the duo is marking 11 years of making music together. But their partnership is about more than songcraft and concert dates.

“What keeps us together first and foremost is our friendship,” McBain said.

by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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