Wanda Jackson is set to follow up the record that made her the oldest female ever to make the Billboard Hot 200, 2011’s Jack White-produced The Party Ain’t Over, by working with yet another guitar-slinging singer-songwriter. For the first time in his career, Justin Townes Earle will get a production credit, and it comes on what will be Jackson’s 31st album, Unfinished Business, due October 9th from Sugar Hill Records.
Though Earle’s last album saw him shift from rockabilly to soulful folk, he’s gone back the other direction for his work with Jackson. “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,” said the Queen of Rockabilly. “The record just sounds terrific and I’m hoping that my fans enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed making it.”
Recorded in Earle’s hometown of Nashville, Unfinished Business contains a handful of covers, including “The Graveyard Shift” by Earle’s country folk rocking father Steve, the Woody Guthrie-through-Wilco number “California Stars”, and Earle’s own “What Do You Do When You’re Lonesome” from his sophomore album The Good Life. Jackson and Earle also share a duet on “Am I Even A Memory”.
Rolling Stone premiered a behind the scenes video shot at Nashville’s House of David Studios featuring a few snippets of songs plus an interview with Jackson and Earle. Watch it below, and then check out the complete Unfinished Business tracklist.
Unfinished Business Tracklist:
01. I’m Tore Down
02. The Graveyard Shift
03. Am I Even a Memory (feat. Justin Townes Earle)
05. It’s All Over Now
06. Two Hands
07. Old Weakness
08. What Do You Do When You’re Lonesome
09. Down Past the Bottom
10. California Stars