EX­CIT­ING TIMES FOR ROCKIN’ WANDA

> ROCK­A­BILLY QUEEN FINDS NEW SUC­CESS WITH RE­CENT EF­FORTS

The Commercial Appeal - Go Memphis - - Go Out - By Bob Mehr / mehr@com­mer­cialap­peal.com

THE TI­TLE OF WANDA JACK­SON’S new al­bum, The Party Ain’t Over, is a state­ment of fact. Of course, there are few 73-year-old per­form­ers who could make that claim le­git­i­mately, but for the woman known as the “Queen or Rock­a­billy” and “the fe­male Elvis,” among other so­bri­quets, break­ing bar­ri­ers and blaz­ing trails is noth­ing new.

“Back in the ’50s, I was the only girl on stage, and now I’m the only old girl,” says Jack­son, laugh­ing.

Pro­duced and fea­tur­ing Jack White of The White Stripes, The Racon­teurs and The Dead Weather fame, The Party Ain’t Over has turned a whole new gen­er­a­tion of fans on to the sep­tu­a­ge­nar­ian songstress. “I’m get­ting to play venues I never have be­fore, for peo­ple who’ve never heard me be­fore,” says Jack­son, who will ap­pear Thurs­day night at Mid­town’s Min­gle­wood Hall.

Jack­son’s new al­bum is just the lat­est tri­umph in a re­mark­able six-decade ca­reer. She was born in Maud, Okla., to an ama­teur coun­try singer. A nat­u­ral per­former, Jack­son was strum­ming a gui­tar

Wanda Jack­son, whose ca­reer dates back to the 1950s when she was an as­so­ciate of Elvis Pres­ley, recorded her lat­est al­bum with pro­ducer/gui­tarist Jack White.

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