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Josie Kreuzer

Hot Rod Girl – 1997 (She Devil)

Reviewed by Jon Johnson

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The American rockabilly scene - essentially a boy's club from a performance standpoint - has long needed a '90's equivalent of Wanda Jackson: a talented and - let's get it out of the way here and now - gorgeous female talent capable of going toe-to-toe with the likes of High Noon, King Memphis and other top U.S. rockabilly acts and come out smelling like roses.

Enter Josie Kreuzer, former vocalist for cult west coast rockabilly act Whistle Bait. Kreuzer purrs, growls and whoops through the self-produced "Hot Rod Girl" with confidence and flair, particularly on tracks such as "So-Called Boyfriend," "Dead Man Walkin'," and a terrific cover of Sonny Burgess's "Ain't Got a Thing." Kreuzer's material - mostly self-penned - breaks no new ground, though that's not as important in rockabilly circles as is the attitude, which Kreuzer has in spades.

While Kreuzer doesn't yet possess the vocal range and control Jackson showed on her classic late '50's sides, she's off to a fine start nonetheless. (e-mail: BopGirl@aol.com or write to: P.O. Box 151318, San Diego, CA 92175)