Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Wanda Jackson will be the musical guest on tonight’s episode of “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” The show airs at 10:35 p.m. weekdays on NBC (KFOR-4 in Oklahoma City).
Fresh off a tour of Austria and Germany, the Maud native and Oklahoma City resident will perform “Tore Down,” the raucous first single from her 31st studio album, “Unfinished Business,” which was released last month. Acclaimed alt-country singer/songwriter/producer Justin Townes Earle produced the album.
“Justin is a new and up-and-coming country singer for the most part … and that’s where his heart is. So, he wanted to see me scale down the band and pull me out front a lot more and just let the main part of the song, the interesting part of the song, be my performance,” Jackson told me in a recent interview. “He chose some very good, outstanding musicians. They came in the studio and I was in studio with them, so that’s always nice to have the live music right there that you can sing to rather than have the pre-recordings.”
Jackson announced on her official Facebook page today that her all-star band for tonight’s performance will be Shooter Jennings, Neal Casal (Ryan Adams & The Cardinals, Chris Robinson Brotherhood), Rami Jaffee (The Wallflowers), Jonathan Wilson and Ted Russell Kamp.
It will definitely be worth tuning in AND setting your DVR for that lineup backing the Queen of Rockabilly!