Hard Headed Woman: A Celebration of Wanda Jackson
CLASS OF 2009 INDUCTEE TO THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME!!!
Shows the world that Wanda is the real deal and an all-star cast celebrates the gutsy talent of an artist overlooked for far too long.
Known to many as the Queen of Rockabilly, Wanda Jackson is a maverick performer whose influence has reached far beyond the genre and cast a long shadow on the history of music--both sonically and in her performance style: She is one of Rock and Roll's original bad-asses. Wanda helped stake out a direct route from the feral origins of rock to the punks, riot grrrls and psychobilly boundary-busters 50 years later. She kicked down the door to the good ol' boys club that told us women couldn't (or shouldn't) bring the ferocity and attitude necessary for a truly liberating brand of music. Wanda's mighty ways with a song enable her to lay claim to the material she performs, be it country, blues, rock and roll, gospel, honky tonk, rockabilly or swing. Contemporary masters like Jack White and Justin Townes Earle have jumped at the opportunity to make albums with her.
Hers is a powerful, genre-transcending legacy; props are long overdue. To quote Leonard "Motorcyclist of the Apocalypse" Smalls in Raising Arizona: "In order to catch an outlaw, you've got to hire an outlaw." In that spirit, we hired a bunch of like-minded firebrands to pay tribute to this legend. Folks like Kelly Hogan, Neko Case, Robbie Fulks, Jesse Sykes, Candye Kane, Nora O'Connor, Jane Baxter Miller, Bottle Rockets, Wayne "The Train" Hancock and many more jumped at the chance to show the world that Wanda is the real deal and to partake in a celebration of the gutsy talent of an artist overlooked for far too long.
Extensive liner notes by noted rock and roll author Holly George-Warren and cover art by Jon Langford.