CD review: Wanda Jackson 'Unfinished Business'

Oklahoma's own Queen of Rockabilly affirms that she still has plenty to offer the contemporary music scene with her 31st album, produced by Justin Townes Earle.
Oklahoman Published: October 19, 2012
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Jackson typically features at least one gospel song on her albums, and this time, the longtime Oklahoma City resident infuses Townes Van Zandt's toe-tapping “Two Hands” with fervent joy. She gets her R&B groove on with a hip-shaking cover of “It's All Over Now” that hews much closer to Bobby Womack's original than the Rolling Stones' jangly chart-topping version. Jackson shows off the feisty attitude and unmistakable growl that established her as the First Lady of Rock 'n' Roll with classic rock cuts “Old Weakness (Coming on Strong)” and “Pushover.”

“Unfinished Business” closes with a prettily wistful cover of “California Stars,” which features lyrics by fellow Oklahoman Woody Guthrie and was previously featured on Wilco and Billy Bragg's 1998 Guthrie tribute “Mermaid Avenue.”

— Brandy McDonnell


by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more...
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