Her mother was in the rodeo. Her father was a Wolfman Jack devotee. It seems as though Kim Lenz was born to be rockabilly royalty. While growing up in southern California, her musical education was all over the map. She was raised on such disparate acts as Wanda Jackson, Cole Porter, and Blondie. Combining a deep respect for traditional songwriting, a swingin' pop sensibility, and just the perfect touch of twang, Kim Lenz & the Jaguars is cutting-edge Americana. Rolling Stone writes, "If Elvis had been a woman, he probably would have sounded just like Kim Lenz." While this may be true, I guarantee he would not have been as good looking.
Kim Lenz & the Jaguars perform Friday, August 9, 10 p.m. at Abilene Bar & Lounge, 153 Liberty Pole Way. $10-$15. abilenebarandlounge.com.