Wanda Jackson turns 75 in October, but the rockabilly icon shows little sign of slowing down. On October 9th, Jackson will release Unfinished Business – her 31st studio album – on Sugar Hill Records. With production by folk musician Justin Townes Earle, the album features performances of Woody Guthrie's "California Stars" (later set to music by Wilco) and Bobby and Shirley Womack's "It's All Over Now."
According to the singer, working with Earle encouraged her to return to her roots.
"From day one I really liked Justin's idea to take me back to my roots and make a record of country, blues, and rockabilly songs," Jackson tells Rolling Stone. "The band was extra tight and great to work with during the whole process. The record just sounds terrific and I'm hoping that my fans enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed making it."
In a short video from Nashville's House of David Studios, Jackson boasts of her country credibility. "I'm country music's first sex symbol, believe it or not," she declares. "And Bob Dylan called me a 'Hurricane in Lipstick.'"
Watch Jackson's short video above, and check out the track listing for Unfinished Business:
"I'm Tore Down"
"The Graveyard Shift"
"Am I Even a Memory" (feat. Justin Townes Earle)
"It's All Over Now"
"What Do You Do When You're Lonesome"
"Down Past the Bottom"