Hard-Headed Woman: A Celebration of Wanda Jackson

Hard-Headed Woman: A Celebration of Wanda Jackson


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Nick Tosches once famously described Wanda Jackson as "the greatest menstruating rock & roll singer whom the world has ever known," and while he doubtless chose those words for comic effect, the nervy crudity is not entirely inappropriate. At her best, Wanda Jackson sounded wild and ravenously sensual in a way that few artists dared in the mid-'50s, especially not female vocalists, and sides like "Let's Have a Party," "Hot Dog! That Made Him Mad," and "Fujiama Mama" run neck in neck with Jerry Lee Lewis or Billy Lee Riley for sheer frenzied rockabilly energy. If Jackson was too hot a number for her time and place, she was also smart enough to know it, and in the early '60s she shifted gears and began performing more traditional (and straight-laced) country material, and if the results were less exciting, there's no denying she had a great way with a honky tonk weeper; not unlike Jerry Lee Lewis, today her country sessions sound tougher and more heartfelt than what many of her peers were up to at the time. Outside of rockabilly fanatics and similar roots rock weirdos, Jackson is not nearly as well remembered as her body of work and historical importance would dictate, and Hard-Headed Woman: A Celebration of Wanda Jackson is a tribute album in which more than 20 different acts pay homage to her songs. Appropriately, most of the artists are women unafraid to get rowdy, and Neko Case, Carolyn Mark, Kim Lenz, and Kristi Rose all do right by Wanda's red-hot example, while Kelly Hogan, Jesse Sykes, and Laura Cantrell approach her honky tonk material with a similarly caring touch. Wayne Hancock and Cornell Hurd are also on board to show that the menfolk learned a few valuable lessons from Jackson as well, and they both do better than the few artists who decided to go weird with Jackson's hits (the greatest offender being Trailer Bride's affected take on "Fujiama Mama"). Hard-Headed Woman won't take the place of a decent Wanda Jackson record (Rhino's Rockin' in the Country: The Best of Wanda Jackson is a great starter, and 2003's Heart Trouble shows her voice is still in fine shape), but it offers concrete proof that folks who know good rock and good country dig Miss Wanda the most, and this is one of those rare tribute albums where the results are as good as the intentions.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/26/2004
Label: Bloodshot Records
UPC: 0744302007724
catalogNumber: 20077
Rank: 79763

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rosie Flores   Electric Guitar,Vocals
Kristi Rose   Vocals
Cornell Hurd   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Wammo   Vocals
Candye Kane   Vocals
Joey Burns   Bass
Laura Cantrell   Vocals
Bill Cuomo   Piano
Andrew Halbreich   Steel Guitar
Kelly Hogan   Theremin,Vocals
Robert Kearns   Bass
Mary Lou   Vocals
Kevin O'Donnell   Drums
Mark Pickerel   Drums
Lorne Rall   Bass
Steve Rosen   Mandolin,Vocal Harmony
Charlie Sanders   Upright Bass
Maxwell Schauf   Drums
Kevin Smith   Bass
Herb Steiner   Pedal Steel Guitar
Matthew Weiner   String Bass
Danny Weiss   Acoustic Guitar
Lou Whitney   Acoustic Guitar
John Rice   Fiddle,Pedal Steel Guitar
Jimmie Wood   Harmonica
Wayne Hancock   Vocals
Jesse Dayton   Guitar,Vocals
Debra Hurd   Piano
Terry Kirkendall   Drums
Paul Skelton   Guitar
Brian Henneman   Electric Guitar,Vocals
Robbie Fulks   Guitar,Vocals
Neko Case   Vocals
Gregory Boaz   Bass
Kent Kessler   Upright Bass
Stanley Smith   Clarinet
Jon Graboff   Electric Guitar
Mark Ortmann   Drums
Eric Tucker   Drums
Christina Marrs   Saw
Phil Wandscher   Electric Guitar
Tom Parr   Electric Guitar
Andrew Bird   Violin
Kim Lenz   Vocals
Bill Herzog   Upright Bass
Brendan Ryan   Bass
Andon T. Davis   Electric Guitar
Andy Hopkins   Guitar
Brent Martens   Slide Dobro
Billy Horton   Bass
Cody Nicolas   Piano
Vanessa Gorden   Fiddle
Blackie White   Guitar
Melissa Swingle   Organ,Vocals
Jon Rauhouse   Pedal Steel Guitar
Tolan McNeil   Guitar
Dallas Good   Guitar
Nick Curran   Guitar
Scotty Tecce   Drums
Carolyn Mark   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Justin Trevino   Bass
Jack Silverman   Guitar
Garth Johnson   Drums
Anna Fermin   Acoustic Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Nora O'Connor   Vocals
Jerome   Mandolin
Joel Paterson   Guitar,Drums
Jesse Sykes   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Chris Scruggs   Upright Bass,Lap Steel Guitar
Jeremy Chatzky   Upright Bass
Anne Marie Ruljancich   Viola
Jimmy Sutton   Bass
Richard "Bad Dog" Power   Baritone Saxophone
Brad Goolsby   Drums
Scott Goolsby   Guitar
Daryl White   Bass
Danny Roy Young   Rubboard
Kevin Warner   Drums
Kyle Jester   Guitar
Sheri Hurst   Vocals
Paul Bivans   Percussion,Drums
Michael Krayniak   Bass Guitar
Gina Lee   Guitar,Vocals
Scott Ligon   Bass,Piano
Miss Mary Ann   Vocals
Evan Caleb   Drums
Chris Dettloff   Drums
Leigh Grisewood   Bass
Sweet Basil McJagger   Piano
Huey Moor   Bass
Django Porter   Guitar
Boo Reiners   Acoustic Guitar
Paul Schlicting   Snare Drums
Joe Sixpack   Guitar
Chris Stelley   Drums
Tom Umberger   Guitar
Sietse   Drums
David Roe   Bass

Technical Credits

Kris Kristofferson   Composer
Chuck Berry   Composer
Wanda Jackson   Composer
Danny Barker   Composer
Melvin Endsley   Composer
Johnny "Country" Mathis   Composer
Wammo   Producer,Vocal Effect
Frank Campbell   Engineer
Laura Cantrell   Producer
Bill Cuomo   Engineer
Henry Glover   Composer
Kelly Hogan   Producer
Jon Langford   Cover Painting
Dave Love   Engineer
J.D. Miller   Composer
Rob Miller   Producer
Barry Phipps   Engineer
Don Raye   Composer
Dave Schramm   Engineer
Ian Spanic   Engineer
Matthew Weiner   Vocal Effect
Marijohn Wilkin   Composer
Hank Williams   Composer
Jesse Dayton   Producer
Holly George-Warren   Producer,Liner Notes
T.J. Jackson   Composer
Trailer Bride   Producer
Neko Case   Producer
S. Jackson   Composer
Craig Schumacher   Producer
C.C. McCoy   Composer
Jon Graboff   Arranger
Tucker Martine   Producer
Ken Sluiter   Engineer
Christina Marrs   Producer
Jimmy Sloan   Producer
Vic McAlpin   Composer
Laurie Christianson   Composer
Vicki Countryman   Composer
Pat Franzese   Composer
Allen Crider   Engineer
Brent Martens   Vocal Effect
Billy Horton   Producer
Tolan McNeil   Engineer
W. Jackson   Composer
Leroy Biller   Producer
Ernie Wells   Engineer
Donna Fulks   Producer
Candye Kane and The Baklava Ensemble   Producer
Paul Schlicting   Vocal Effect
Lou And The Bottlerockets Whitney   Producer
Ranch Girls   Producer

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