How many performers have starred in a film like "Boobsville Cabaret" and recorded a Wanda Jackson tribute album? I'll go out on a limb and say one: Candye Kane. Kane's oeuvre is the stuff of which sitcoms are made. Before she was an actress in the Golden Age of Porn, Kane was accepted into the University of Southern California's junior opera program. She quickly decided against this path and became a somewhat prominent figure in the early 80s punk scene, starting several country punk outfits. Kane eventually shed the dog collar after discovering the gritty blues of artists such as Etta James and Bessie Smith. Now she's become one of the most recognizable voices (and faces) in blues and jazz today.
Candye Kane performs Wednesday, October 9, 8 p.m. at Abilene Bar & Lounge, 153 Liberty Pole Way, $8-$10, abilenebarandlounge.com.