I originally discovered Caitlin Rose, and this song, Shanghai Cigarettes, in a bunch of mp3s from musicians who were going to be performing at SXSW back in 2011. I even posted the video the song, as a country-inflected rocker back then.
This weekend, Caitlin played the Newport Folk Festival with Los Colognes as her backup band and revisited Shanghai Cigarettes. This time, it’s a flat-out three guitar rocker. Caitlin says that this is her favorite version of the song. I like it too.