We're always on the lookout for great songs to share and today we have a heartfelt one with Rick Hornyak's "Continental Queen." Set to appear on his fortcoming album Dandelion (more on that below), this song was written about the iconic Austin live music staple, Aliya Rosegreen, who passed away may 13th, 2022 at the age of 45. Aliya, was an icon on the scene for over 30 years after she began sneaking into the famous Continental Club at 14 years old. "Continental Queen"'s musical backdrop makes you feel like your floating on a cloud watching Aliya dance one last time as the slide guitar, lap steel guitar and accordion all blend deftly together.
About the song from Rick Hornyak:
This song is close to my heart because it's a tribute to my friend Aliya Rosegreen. When she passed away unexpectedly in 2022, not only did I lose a friend, Austin lost one of its biggest live music supporters.
She called herself the enthusiasm coordinator, always in the front row at the legendary Continental Club. Often wearing a tiara, her sparkly vibe would lift the musician's performance to a new level. She lit up the room, and was a symbol of a city that embraced live original music. Offering you a star while passing the tip jar for the bands.
Sonically I've always loved the way the steel guitar and the slide guitar worked together. It's easily one of my favorite songs on the record.
About Rock Hornyak:
Known for his blend of roots sounds and rock n roll sounds (known as heartland rock), Rick Hornyak has an album coming out on July 21, 2023. That album, Dandelion, promises that hearland rock sound (jangly, ringing guitars) meshed with introspective and honest lyrics. Songs that challenge the notion of toxic masculinity with a purge of his childhood trauma through the love he has from and for his wife and child. Rick Hornyak's raw and emotive vocals have drawn comparison to Tom Petty, The Replacements and alt-country icon Alejandro Escovedo.