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Wanda Jackson to perform Saturday

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“The Queen of Rockabilly,” Wanda Jackson will perform in Grass Valley Saturday in a concert presented by (((FolkYEAH!))) and the Center for the Arts.

Jackson, now in her 70s, is credited with being the first woman to ever record a rock and roll song — “Let’s Have a Party” in 1958. In 2009, Jackson was inducted into the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” and, in 2010, was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Americana Music Awards.

Wanda Jackson was only halfway through high school when, in 1954, country singer Hank Thompson heard her on an Oklahoma City radio show and asked her to record with his band, the Brazos Valley Boys. By the end of the decade, Jackson had become one of America’s first major female country and rockabilly singers.

Jackson’s newest album, “Unfinished Business,” available on Sugar Hill Records is the legendary performer’s 31st studio album.

The new album follows on the heels of Jackson’s critically acclaimed 2011 Jack White-produced recording, “The Party Ain’t Over.”

Tickets to the 8 p.m. Saturday show are $30 for members of the Center, $35 for the general public and are available at the Center’s Box Office in person, by phone at 530-274-8384 ext. 14, online at http://www.thecenterforthearts.org or at BriarPatch Co-op. The Center is located at 314 W Main St. in Grass Valley.

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