Welcoming the Queen of Rockabilly to the Green Mountain State

Whether you're a rocker or a mod or something in between, a performer will be coming to South Burlington's Higher Ground that can't be missed - The Queen of Rockabilly, Wanda Jackson.

If you don't know who Wanda is, take a quick look at this clip from the 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions where Roseanne Cash offers some Wanda 101.

We at Vermodernist tend to shy away from any music that has too strong of a Country lean, but Wanda manages to balance the "billy" with just enough "rocka" that once you start listening you'll find her songs stuck in your head for days.   Here's one of our favorites:

With contemporaries like Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash this sweet woman with a softspoken speaking voice belts out a song like she's just smoked two cartons of Marlboros while chugging Jack Daniels all whilst sporting copious amounts of fringe and hair so high it's an art form. 

Now in her 70s Wanda is still rockin' as can be seen on this clip from her appearance on the David Letterman Show:

If you'll be in the Burlington area on Thursday, July 7th at 8pm definitely check out Wanda's show at Higher Ground.  And please pay respect to the Queen by dressing to impress!

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