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Turn It Up

Turn It Up: December 14, 2012

Working Girl’s Guitar (Bloodshot) is the latest record to come out in what’s turned out to be the year of the rockabilly queen following releases by a pair of legends—the late Janis Martin and the very alive Wanda Jackson. This collection of songs comes by way of next generation twang merchant Rosie Flores, whose origins date back to the same SoCal cow-punk scene that spawned Dwight Yoakam, X, Los Lobos and the Blasters. Having worked with idols Martin and Jackson, Flores is more than qualified to pick up the torch and although this outing is only nine songs long, she more than makes up lack of quantity with some serious quality. Starting out with the chugging title cut, the rest of Guitar goes on to embrace ethereal country (“Yeah Yeah”), gnarly instrumentals (“Surf Demon #5), torch-song saloon songs (“If [I Could Be With You]”) and covers of the Beatles (“While My Guitar Gently Weeps”) and Martin (“Drugstore Rock and Roll”).