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Albums Of The Week: Wanda Jackson | Encore

The retiring rockabilly queen goes out with a bang — & an assist from Joan Jett.


THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Wanda Jackson, the legendary Rock and Roll, International Gospel and Rockabilly Hall of Famer, teamed with fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Joan Jett and Kenny Laguna to conceptualize her final release Encore. The album is rooted in the belief that the pure rock ’n’ roll that Wanda pioneered has lived in Jett’s modern version of agency, independence and audacious self-expression that has been taboo for women in music. Jackson’s 32nd album is a final chapter amplifying a career that’s ignited others too, from The Cramps to Amy Winehouse, Adele to Jack White, who produced her 2009 critic’s favourite The Party Ain’t Over.

Marked by Wanda’s incandescent swagger and effervescence, Encore is an in-your-face sonic experience that walks listeners through the rockabilly, country and even Punk colors of one of music’s most thrilling vocalists. Wanda wrote half of Encore’s songs, collaborating with three-time Grammy winner Lori McKenna, ACM/CMA/Grammy nominees Will Hoge and Luke Laird, bluegrass queen Sonia Leigh and more. Her signature tease effortlessly lilts into to no-nonsense territory and back to clear-eyed tenderness across the eight tracks. As freewheeling as she is feminine, the rockabilly queen breaks the bank with a fistful of songs alongside blistering musicianship of guest stars including Jett’s legendary Blackhearts.

“One of the cutest songs I have ever recorded is this song (Two Shots) from my forthcoming album,” expresses Wanda. “Two Shots was written for me by my sweet friend Elle King. We met in Nashville for a video shoot and found out she was a real fan of mine. She’s such a live wire and fun to be with. Working with her was so comfortable and easy. We were lucky enough that both Elle and Joan Jett wanted to sing on this one with me. Joan does a beautiful job on the harmony and her voice really brightens the song.”