wanda jackson, “queen of rockabilly”, to play slim’s


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Wanda Jackson (myspace, wikipedia), known as the “Queen of Rockabilly” and a 2009 inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as an Early Influence, is playing Slim’s this Friday.

Very young in the 50s and 60s, she had a voice equally capable of strained howls and nuanced moments and a band swinging in the rockabilly style. What first caught my attention was her song “Funnel of Love” on the fantastic box set One Kiss Can Lead to Another: Girl Group Sounds Lost and Found that came out a few years ago. The odd, spooky modality caught my attention but her fantastic vocals really roped me in. As a friend put it yesterday, the lyrics are pretty ordinary but the delivery is incredible.

“Fujiyama Mama” has more of a typical rockabilly sound to it but the vocals are no less engaging. The way she from the hard edge at the beginning of the verses to the quirky, softer, bubbles on the title line is great.

Wanda Jackson – Funnel of Love (mp3) (buy)

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Wanda Jackson – Fujiyama Mama (mp3) (buy)

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After rockabilly’s popularity declined in the 60s, she transitioned into straight country and had a number of hits there.

Here are all the details for Friday’s show:

4/17 Wanda Jackson, Red Meat @ Slim’s, 9pm, $20, 6+

She’s on tour elsewhere after SF. Tour dates after the jump.

04/18/09 Mystic Theatre Petaluma, CA
04/19/09 The Ultra Lux Salon & Lounge Redondo Beach, CA
04/29/09 Ponderosa Stomp @ House of Blues New Orleans, LA
05/08/09 Texas Rockabilly Revival Austin, TX
06/04/09 Bearcreek Farms Bryant, IN
06/05/09 Bearcreek Farms Bryant, IN
06/06/09 Bearcreek Farms Bryant, IN
06/13/09 Sperry’s Old West Fest – downtown square Sperry, OK
07/16/09 Henry Ford Museum Dearborn, MI
07/26/09 Summer Breeze Concert Series/Andrews Park Norman, OK



3 Responses to “wanda jackson, “queen of rockabilly”, to play slim’s”

  1. Larry-bob says:

    The lyrics of “Funnel of Love” are pretty ordinary? Maybe you’re not getting the rugmunching subtext.

  2. adrian says:

    Larry-bob, I guess you could see it that way.

  3. [...] (myspace) in my first trip to Slim’s in years. I covered a lot of the background when I previewed the show, so I won’t cover it again [...]

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