Wanda Jackson to play Sept. 28 Bartlesville show in support of upcoming album "Unfinished Business"
As previously reported, Oklahoma’s own “Queen of Rockabilly” Wanda Jackson debuted last week the music video for “Tore Down,” the Freddy King cover that’s the first single from her forthcoming album “Unfinished Business,” which is set to release on Oct. 9 on Sugar Hill Records.
After performing to sold-out audiences across the country last year, including a 10-city tour supporting Adele, the longtime Oklahoma City resident is currently in the midst of a nationwide tour in support of the record, including a special show at New York’s Highline Ballroom on Oct. 12 and a home state show Sept. 28 at the Bartlesville Community Center, according to a news release.
Jackson, a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and country music icon, 74, worked with producer/folk musician Justin Townes Earle to bring her back to her roots for “Unfinished Business.” It is the Maud native’s 31st studio album and marks the producing debut of Earle, a renowned musician and songwriter who happens to be the son of Steve Earle.
“From day one I really liked Justin’s idea to take me back to my roots and make a record of country, blues, and rockabilly songs. The band was extra tight and great to work with during the whole process. The record just sounds terrific and I’m hoping that my fans enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed making it,” Jackson said in the news release.
Recorded in Nashville at House of David Studios in early 2012, the 10-song album features renditions of “California Stars” (Oklahoma native Woody Guthrie, Jay Bennett, Jeff Tweedy), “Pushover” (Billy Davis and Tony Clarke), “It’s All Over Now” (Bobby Womack and Shirley Jean Womack) as well as a duet with Earle on “Am I Even A Memory” (Greg Garing).
The new album follows Jackson’s 2011 Jack White-produced “The Party Ain’t Over,” which received both widespread critical and commercial acclaim and was listed on my all-Oklahoma top 10 albums of 2011 list. Of the record, NPR Music raved “At 73, she still exudes a youthful sound and spirit, and decorates her unique voice with an effortlessly deep and gravelly swoop at the most unexpected times,” while The New York Times noted Jackson “still sounds fantastic, and her gnarled, feisty vocals are a good fit with Mr. White’s scrappy production.” Moreover, the album found Jackson enjoying her first ever charting on the Billboard 200 chart, peaking at No. 58. Jack White declared “[Jackson is] influential to every modern female singer, whether they know about her or not. She broke down those walls in the beginning, when it was the hardest to do.”
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