Kindness found on the road
ROSIE Burgess's faith in humanity has been restored and she owes it all to the people she has encountered while touring around Australia and North America.
On the road, you rely on trusting in people's honesty and kindness when you need help.
Travelling with her band the Rosie Burgess Trio, a folk, blues and gypsy roots outfit, Rosie was reintroduced to the generosity and compassion of complete strangers.
“It is amazing that strangers can make you stop and go ‘wow',” she said.
“The experience opens up your chest and taps on your heart.
“They are life's little moments that are so special.”
The small things in life inspire and bring joy to Rosie Burgess.
“My songs are not driven from massive experiences,,” she said.
“It is the small things that really count.
“It is the snippets that show how people are living their lives that are so beautiful.''
After touring non-stop for the past couple of years, Rosie and fellow band members Sam Lohs and Sophie Kinston are now used to the “jerky lifestyle” and are content with not having any routine.
“We just take everything as it comes,” Rosie said.
The trio will be sharing their passion for music on the Coast in October at Peregian Originals and the Caloundra Music Festival as they promote the release of their new album, Leap.
The strong connection between the girls has seen them often mistaken for sisters and while they are not, there is no mistaking the joy they share on stage both together and with the audience.
“We always give everything we've got,” Rosie said.
“We love playing music and sharing amazing experiences with each other.
“Thankfully we don't fight, but we do tease each other sometimes, usually about our driving skills. We've learnt how to read each other and we know when one of us is stressed, tired or hungry – we look after each other.”
With a unique way of seeing the world and a raw and real way of telling stories, the band is gaining a massive fan base in Australia and abroad.
“It is an amazing feeling to know your music is reaching people,” Rosie said.
“But it is still a little nerve-wracking to see people in the crowd singing your songs.”
Rosie admits she always prays she won't muddle up the words to her songs and if she does, that no one notices.
But muddling up her words was the least of her problems when the girls wrecked their hire car on their last night in America. The girls came out of a parking lot, and went the wrong way down a one-way street.
After realising their mistake, they attempted to reverse up the street but instead, rolled into a metal gutter and pierced a tyre.
They panicked and ended up wrapping the car around a pole.
“The car was totalled,” Rosie said.
“We had to drop off the car at the rental place and run to try to catch our plane – luckily we had insurance.
“I just remember saying, ‘I'm sorry but I'm going to miss my flight'.”
The Rosie Burgess Trio will play at Peregian Originals on Sunday.
The event kicks off at 1pm and goes until 5pm.
Peregian Originals is located next to Peregian Beach Surf Club.
The trio will also play at the Caloundra Music Festival on October 8 and 9.
For more information, visit www.rosieburgess.com.