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Kim Lenz & Her Jaguars
The One And Only

When it comes to rock ‘n’ roll, never underestimate the power of a girl with a guitar and a strong voice. Definitely never underestimate the power of a redheaded bombshell with a sexy growl and good taste in music. Which makes Kim Lenz a force to be reckoned with. But on her second record, The One and Only, Kim Lenz proves that she is more than simply an temptress with a back-up band ? she’s a true blue rock ‘n’ roller.


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The One and Only

Howl At The Moon
Somebody Lied
Truest Love
If You Don't Like My Peaches

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Although the obvious comparison is to Wanda Jackson, in some ways Kim Lenz recalls a young Elvis. While sharing Jackson’s tough-girl attitude, her voice has less of Wanda’s distinctive growl and squeak, and more the smooth croon of Presley during the Sun Records years. This is not to say that she is lacking in power; no, like Elvis, when the band cuts loose so does Lenz, and the frenzy in her voice is infectious. And The Jaguars, Lenz talented backing band, are well suited for cutting loose. As produced by Big Sandy, who also pens “Somebody Lied” for the disc, the instruments are clear and distinct without losing that essential retro feel that is a key factor in Lenz’s sound. In both the original songs and the covers, including a Gene Vincent song that he never recorded, Lenz nails the reberb, twang of early rockabilly. But Lenz experiments with bringing other influences to her faithful rockabilly, which is especially successful with the Latin flavor of “Truest Love.” But it is the driving rockers where Lenz and the Jaguars really shine.

The One and Only easily demonstrates why Kim Lenz and The Jaguars are is already legendary in rockabilly circles. If you have a passion for American roots music then is a must-have for your collection.

- MacCauley Connors 

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