Today, the Nashville-based rock and soul singer-songwriter Maggie Rose shares “Are We There Yet,” the newest single from her upcoming album, Have A Seat, following the releases of the songs “Do It,” “What Are We Fighting For,” “For Your Consideration,” and “Saint." Have A Seat is due out on August 20 via Starstruck Records. The album was recorded live at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL, and was produced by Ben Tanner (Alabama Shakes).
Garden & Gun exclusively premiered “Are We There Yet” earlier today, calling the song "an apt entry point to Have a Seat and to Rose’s catalog as a whole," and goes on to say, “'Are We There Yet' shows an artist at the top of her craft — and only improving."
Rose heralded the release of Have A Seat with a three-part video series that combined to create an in-depth story. The music video trilogy concept was the brainchild of close friend and acclaimed photographer/videographer Ford Fairchild.
"I was lucky enough to watch Maggie bring Have A Seat to life from the beginning and one thing I noticed was how much personal growth she worked through in making this record," says Fairchild. "You could tell she was stepping into an alternate universe every time she was in work mode. So when it came time to figure out creative direction, I wanted to show that growth with Maggie working through it over dinner with different versions of herself."
The trilogy began with "What Are We Fighting For." It was followed by "Saint" and then finally “For Your Consideration.”
"We really wanted viewers to get to know the different sides of Maggie individually so we decided to do that in a trilogy, with 'For Your Consideration' bringing them all together," continues Fairchild. "The dinner table signifies the body of work as a whole so you’ll see nods to each song on the record throughout the trilogy."
Like any great soul singer, Rose beautifully captures the tensions of the current moment, gently presenting her pensive social commentary while providing a much-needed reprieve from the everyday chaos. “These songs were written during a contentious time, and there are undertones to the lyrics that are influenced by the state of our world politics and the politics of the music industry,” she says. “The title Have a Seat is responsorial, placing an emphasis on inclusivity — like, ‘Here, sit down. Let’s try talking to each other.’ One of the most loving things we can do is listen and make others feel heard — give people the space to speak their minds and be themselves. However, there’s also an intended meaning to the title that points to the power in occupying the seat that’s designated to you: I am claiming a seat I believe is rightfully mine, and I want others to do the same.”
Rose kicked off her extensive album release tour yesterday for the first show of a two-night stand at Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis, MD.
Maggie Rose On Tour
7/16 @ Rams Head On Stage | Annapolis, MD
7/17 @ Salmon Brook Park | Granby, CT
7/18 @ Long’s Park | Lancaster, PA
7/21 @ City Winery Boston | Boston, MA
7/22 @ Edgewood Park |New Haven, CT
7/23 @ Newport Playhouse | Newport, RI
8/5 @ Handy Park | Memphis, TN
8/7 @ Chesterfield Amphitheater | St. Louis, MO
8/12 @ Saturn |Birmingham, AL
8/13 @ Terminal West | Atlanta, GA
8/14 @ Charleston Pour House | Charleston, SC
8//19 @ Brooklyn Bowl | Nashville, TN
8/21 @ Summer Camp Music Festival | Chillicothe, IL
8/27 @ Club Dada Dallas | Dallas, TX
8/28 @ Antone’s | Austin, TX
8/29 @ Dosey Doe Big Barn | The Woodlands, TX
9/4 @ The Grey Eagle | Asheville, NC
9/5 @ The Cottage | Atlantic Beach, NC
9/10 @ Hi-Fi | Indianapolis, IN
9/11 @ Zanzabar | Louisville, KY
9/14 @ The Echo | Los Angeles, CA
9/15 @ Harlow’s Restaurant & Nightclub | Sacramento, CA
9/16 @ Sweetwater Music Hall | Mill Valley, CA
9/19 @ Whetstone Wine Cellars | Napa, CA
9/29 @ World Cafe Live | Philadelphia, PA
9/20 @ Musikfest Cafe |Bethlehem, PA
10/1 Flood City Music Festival | Johnstown, PA
10/5 @ Mercury Lounge | New York, NY
10/8 @ Austin City Limits | Austin, TX
10/31 @ Suwannee Hulaween | Live Oak, FL
11/11 @ Beachland Ballroom | Cleveland OH
11/12 @ Thunderbird Cafe | Pittsburgh, PA
11/20 @ Thunderbird Cafe | Pittsburgh, PA
12/8 @ Asbury Lanes | Asbury Park, NJ
12/9 @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn | Brooklyn, NC
12/10 @ Birchmere | Alexandria, VA
12/17 @ 7th Street Entry | Minneapolis, MN
12/18 @ SPACE | Evanston, IL