POP MU­SIC RE­VIEWS

The Washington Post Sunday - - STYLE INVITATIONAL - — Chris Richards richardsc@wash­post.com

Wanda Jack­son

THE PARTY AIN’T OVER

Such a nice young man, that Jack White, al­ways help­ing old ladies cross the street and guid­ing them into his record­ing stu­dio, where he coaches them through cross­over al­bums that in­tro­duce them to an en­tirely new gen­er­a­tion of young fans.

Such was the case in 2004 when the White Stripes mae­stro part­nered with then-70-year-old Loretta Lynn to pro­duce her Grammy-win­ning disc “Van Lear

Rose.” Seven years later, White has scooped up 73-year-old rock­a­billy ma­tri­archWanda Jack­son for a much row­dier gor­ound.

Where White en­cour­aged Lynn to pen her own tunes, here he and Jack­son romp through 11 cov­ers, all ex­pertly pro­duced. There’s a road­house-ready take on Bob Dylan’s “ Thun­der on the

Moun­tain,” a slinkier ver­sion of Amy Wine­house’s “You Know I’m

No Good,” and a dusky read of Jim­mie Rodgers’s “Blue Yo­del

No. 6.”

But it’s the buzzy, brassy “Shakin’ All Over” that re­veals the duo’s trans-gen­er­a­tional chem­istry: White brings the noise, Jack­son brings the sep­tu­a­ge­nar­ian sass. It may not pack the same tri­umphal punch that wins lit­tle, gold gramo­phone stat­uettes, but it’s still wild fun.

COUR­TESY THIRD MAN RECORDS

RE­BIRTH: Rock­a­billy leg­endWanda Jack­son is go­ing main­stream.

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