Priestess of the Promised Land, a recent collaboration with his keyboardist wife, Pietra Wexstun.
It’s hard for people to imagine these days just what an awesome sonic force the early Wall of Voodoo could be onstage. There are hints of the local group’s apocalyptic, foreboding grandeur in the studio versions of their “Ring of Fire” cover and the hit “Mexican Radio,” but most recordings don’t capture the towering, industrial-size intensity and volume of the original lineup. It’s perhaps to their credit that the surviving members haven’t cashed in yet for a half-hearted reunion, and lead singer Stan Ridgway has gone on to a long, respected solo career, albeit in a far more muted and musically traditional fashion. Ridgway’s trademark wit and deadpan croon light up the loping country ballads and spacey interludes on