Hard-Headed Woman: A Celebration of Wanda Jackson

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/26/2004
  • Label: Bloodshot Records
  • UPC: 744302007724
  • Catalog Number: 20077
  • Sales rank: 277,948

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hot Dog! That Made Him Mad - Carolyn Mark & The Room-Mates (2:27)
  2. 2 Sticks and Stones - Nora O'Connor (3:21)
  3. 3 Funnel of Love (2:30)
  4. 4 The Box It Came In - Anna Fermin's Trigger Gospel (3:33)
  5. 5 Right or Wrong (3:48)
  6. 6 Brown Eyed Handsome Man (2:01)
  7. 7 Tears at the Grand Ol' Opry (2:33)
  8. 8 Weary Blues from Waiting (3:38)
  9. 9 This Gun Don't Care Who It Shoots - The Cornell Hurd Band (2:43)
  10. 10 In the Middle of a Heartache (2:38)
  11. 11 Rock Your Baby (2:42)
  12. 12 Fujiama Mama (3:15)
  13. 13 One Day at a Time - Jane Baxter-Miller (4:02)
  14. 14 Let's Have a Party - Wayne Hancock (3:00)
  15. 15 This Should Go on Forever (3:19)
  16. 16 Wasted (2:45)
  17. 17 Cool Love (2:10)
  18. 18 Kickin' Our Hearts Around (2:16)
  19. 19 If You Don't Somebody Else Will (2:58)
  20. 20 Why I'm Walking (2:01)
  21. 21 Both Sides of the Line (2:17)
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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
Colin Jordan Mastering
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
Ranch Girls Producer
Paul Schlicting Vocal Effect
Lou And The Bottlerockets Whitney Producer
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