Kim Lenz and Her Jaguars tend to rockabilly’s roots, but aren’t afraid to let those roots break new ground. Lenz, the daughter of a rodeo queen, grew up in southern California before moving to Dallas and forming her band two years ago. As one might expect, Lenz looks to and liberally borrows from rockabilly pioneer Wanda Jackson, though her performances do not fully reflect the raucous character of Jackson’s 1957 and 1958 Capitol singles. But Lenz proves that she is more than capable of conveying both the attitude and the raw emotion of rockabilly. Lenz’s musical honesty and her sense of tradition are also evident in her writing: Ten of the 14 tracks are originals, but many of them sound as if they were written 40 years ago. “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’” is an uptempo romp, while “Thinkin’ About You” sounds like an imaginary cover of “Your Cheatin’ Heart” as sung by Janis Martin, with a dose of Gene Vincent’s “Be-Bop-A-Lula” vocal exaggeration thrown in for extra impact. Despite the skillful accompaniment of Jake Erwin on acoustic bass, Rob Hamilton on drums, and, notably, Mike Lester on lead guitar, the Jaguars are sometimes overshadowed by Lenz’s larger-than-life presence. The album favors swing over twang, betraying the greatest difference between the rockabilly production values of the 1950s and 1990s. But with such smart, contemporary inflections, Kim Lenz and Her Jaguars prove that they respect tradition without being slaves to it, infusing their music with energy, integrity, and some old-fashioned fun, which make them a band to watch.—Matt Watson