Roses & Cigarettes, Echoes and Silence
Roses & Cigarettes’ music is an eclectic blend of roots rock and Americana; a perfect recipe for the classic California sound. The band’s name was inspired by the Ray LaMontagne song of the same title, formed in Los Angeles in 2013. At that time Jenny Pagliaro was a vocalist in a local cover band who auditioned Angela Petrilli for a vacant guitar position. Pagliaro and Petrilli immediately bonded over a common desire to create and perform original material, and Roses & Cigarettes was born.
Roses & Cigarettes released their debut album in May of 2015 with a promotional tour slated for the Fall of that year. Unfortunately, those plans were interrupted when Pagliaro was diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer, and immediately began a tumultuous round of treatment. A year later, and with another tour in the works, Pagliaro was again handed bad news–the cancer was back, and this time it was Stage IV. Despite this life-threatening setback and another round of new and grueling treatments for Pagliaro, the band hit the road and completed a successful tour.
Since then, Pagliaro has stunned both doctors and fans alike with major health improvements. While she does credit the new treatment for some of the healing, she feels that making music with Roses is the best medicine of all.
“I have to take care of myself and stay healthy,” she says. “That’s my priority, but my music and the band will always be an important part of that healing process.” Roses & Cigarettes has opened for Billy Bob Thornton and the Boxmasters, Jim Lauderdale, Luther Dickinson, Marc Broussard, Radney Foster, Elizabeth Cook, The Record Company, Amanda Shires and others. The band continues to open to growing audiences. They released an acoustic EP in March 2018, and are set to release their second full album, Echoes and Silence, on February 22, 2019.
“Lovely…joyful yet sad, honest and plaintive.” – Americana Highways
“The embodiment of the SoCal country-rock sound.” – Wide Open Country
“Full on rocking country.” – AmericanaUK
“Unlocks boundless new doors in regards to how they’re able to convey their timeless vibe.” – For Folk’s Sake
“Melodic… sweet-sounding-but-rocking” – The Boot
“The duo has built quite a name for themselves in just a few years.” – Ditty TV
“Classic Californian sound…begs for repeated listens.” – Rearview Mirror
“Effortlessly blending country, folk, and the singer-songwriter tradition into a cohesive whole, the album knows how to have fun.” – Skope Magazine
“Passion Ain’t No Ordinary Word For These LA Rockers.” – The Rocking Magpie