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Monday, Dec. 21, 2009

Jayne Taylor


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If Milwaukee is nurturing another American Idol contender, let it be Jayne Taylor. On her new CD, Firecracker, the 17-year old songbird tackles a batch of mostly pre-Beatles rock, pop and country tunes associated with Wanda Jackson, Brenda Lee and Buddy Holly. She hits all notes beautifully and displays remarkable range, even as her empathy as an interpreter remains in development. In the contemporary marketplace of music, Firecracker might be considered retro country pop, nostalgic, with the grit polished until it shines like rhinestones.

The CD release party for Firecracker is part of a larger extravaganza, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 26 at Sunset Playhouse, 800 Elm Grove Rd.  Also on the bill: Mark Shurilla & the Greatest Hits, Liam Ford, Danny J., Marvalous Marla, Tommy Greywolf and Valor Yost.