Fifty years after her original moment in the spotlight, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Wanda Jackson is connecting with a new generation courtesy of Jack White.
The White Stripes star and Third Man Records founder approached Jackson about recording an album together, and the result is The Party Ain’t Over — a record that sees the undisputed Queen of Rockabilly tackling tracks by everyone from Elvis and Bob Dylan to Amy Winehouse.
In addition to fronting the tracks performed by the assembled Third Man House Band (featuring White himself on guitar), Jackson chose three of the songs for the record, including the closing “Blue Yodel #6.” Among White’s choices, meanwhile, were Dylan’s “Thunder on the Mountain” and Winehouse’s “You Know I’m No Good.”
Following the guitarist’s impact on Loretta Lynn’s career with his production of 2004’s Van Lear Rose, White’s work on Jackson’s album shows his dedication to keeping not only classic sounds, but also those responsible for them, in the current zeitgeist. It also shows that the living legend herself hasn’t lost a bit of what made her so well-loved to begin with.
Visit Wanda Jackson’s official website, read a Vanity Fair interview with the singer, check out a photo gallery from Jackson’s Brooklyn show with Jack White and the Third Man House Band, catch upcoming tour dates, become a fan on Facebook, and buy a copy of the album
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