I had assumed we had all the Wanda Jackson music we were going to ever get. The "Queen of Rockabilly" is eighty three after all, and is considered retired. Her 2017 autobiography, Every Night is Saturday Night: A Country Girl's Journey to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, certainly made it seem like she was all done. Turns out she's not! She recently announced a brand new album due out in August, and keeping with her string of working with younger musicians as producers (more recent albums have been produced by Jack White and Justin Townes Earle), this one is being produced by Joan Jett! This made me assume that we'd be getting an album of harder edge rockabilly songs, but the first single, "It Keeps Right On A Hurtin'," goes back to Jackson's country roots. It's a classic country crooner that sees Jackson mourning the death of her husband Wendell Goodman. Her voice may betray her age, but otherwise this song could be from anytime in Jackson's seven decade career.
You can listen to "It Keeps Right On A Hurtin'" below. The perfectly titled Encore is due out August 20. You can pre-save/pre-order the album here. For more on Wanda Jackson, check out the artist's website.