XPN welcomes rockabilly legend Wanda Jackson to The Sellersville Theater tonight. Credited as being one of the first popular female rock and roll singers, Jackson paved the way for future musicians with hits including “Let’s Have a Party” and “In the Middle of a Heartbreak.” Earlier this month Jackson released her thirty-first studio album Unfinished Business, which was produced by Justin Townes Earle. Wanda Jackson performs tonight with Daniel Romano; tickets for the 8:00 p.m. show are $29.50 to $40, available here. Watch the Unfinished Business preview video below.
The lineup for the 51st annual Philadelphia Folk Festival, August 17th through August 19th at Old Pool Farm in Upper Salford Township, near Schwenksville, PA.was announced today. Highlights include Lucinda Williams, John Hiatt, Steve Earle and The Dukes, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Wanda Jackson, and Little Feat. Other performers include Strand Of Oaks, City & Colour, The Secret Sisters, The Holmes Brothers, Arborea, Chris Bathgate and more. Go here for tickets and more information about the weekend and the lineup. WXPN’s Gene Shay will once again host the festival.
As we head towards the weekend, there’s some excellent shows this evening in town. Style wise, there’s a lot to choose from. Here’s our picks for tonight.
The Canon Logic combine rock vocals borrowed from The Killers with a sixties pop harmony sensibility. The Brooklyn-based band (who met at the University of Delaware) released their full-length debut, FM Arcade, in 2010. The album highlights the Canon Logic’s love for Beach Boys-era choruses, undercut with an indie rock construction. The Canon Logic perform with City Rain, Sleeper Agent and Run to Sandy at the North Star Bar this evening at 8 p.m. Tickets to the 21 + show are $10.00
Boston based singer-songwriter Marissa Nadler has made the best album of her career so far. Her recently released self-titled album is a gorgeous collection of songs recorded right here in Philly at Miner Street with Brian McTear of Weathervane Music, WXPN’s partner in Shaking Through. The album was produced by McTear and engineered and mixed by McTear with Jonathan Low. Throughout the album Nadler spins a mesmerizing spell of songwriting and singing. She performs tonight at the First Unitarian Church Side Chapel with Faces on Film at 8 p.m. Tickets to the all-ages show are $10.00.
More than half a century after she released her Top 40 single “Let’s Have A Party” in the late ’50s, Wanda Jackson is apparently still partying. Last month, the 73-year-old “Queen Of Rockabilly”—who was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2009—released The Party Ain’t Over, a covers collection produced by The White Stripes’ Jack White. It’s an interesting pairing, to be sure—and one that has some people hootin’ and hollerin’ for Jack White’s head. For a good laugh, make sure to check out a couple of the indignant online reviews from longtime superfans who simply can’t believe that a hipster hotshot like White was even allowed in the same studio as Wanda Jackson. Who cares if it was actually White’s own studio in Nashville (or if it was his initiative that led to Jackson recording her first album in five years—and only her third album in the last 20 years)? How dare White add a raucous horn section to Wanda’s music? HOW DARE HE? Her vocals are, like, totally buried in the mix! It’s an outrage, I tell you! Wanda Jackson performs with The Lustre Kings and Delco Nightingale at 8 p.m. at World Cafe Live; tickets to the show are $30–$55.