North Carolina songstress Alexa Rose has been writing songs for nearly a decade now. The Virginia born folk singer was handed her first guitar at 13. She has since written buckets full of songs, releasing her debut album, “North,” at age 19, and sharing the stage with artists like Jessica Lea Mayfield, The Ragbirds, and The Whetherman. Influenced by artists like Lucinda Williams and Joni Mitchell, Rose has been called “a rising voice of the region,” marrying her traditional, rootsy sound with a distinct newness you can’t quite put your finger on. Now, at 23, she’s released her sophomore album, “Low and Lonesome.” Written on a hand me down guitar from her mother, the title track is a toast to her heritage. Its anthemlike chorus haunts the listener like the feeling on the morning after a bout with a strong whiskey—a night which could imagine no better soundtrack than Rose and her siren-like voice, wearing paisley and her dusty Frye boots, serenading the everyman (and woman) in the corner of some roadside honky-tonk lagoon with a somberness evocative of Gillian Welch.