EXCITING TIMES FOR ROCKIN’ WANDA
> ROCKABILLY QUEEN FINDS NEW SUCCESS WITH RECENT EFFORTS
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.