Wanda Jackson shakes all over
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
– The queen of rockabilly, Wanda Jackson, will release new music this month through Third Man Records, the label started by Jack White of White Stripes.
White produced the Jackson set, which included covering Amy Winehouse's You Know I'm No Good and Johnny Kidd and the Pirates classic rocker Shakin' All Over.
Jackson's career has spanned rockabilly, rock and roll, country and gospel and she's shared stages with everyone from Elvis Presley to Jerry Lee Lewis.
White previously produced Loretta Lynn's last release, "Van Lear Rose."
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During her heyday in the '50s, Wanda Jackson was frequently identified as "the sweet girl with the nasty voice." The rockabilly chanteuse more than lived up to the tag by maintaining a spotless image (even as she dated Elvis Presley) while peeling off raucous rumpshakers like Let's Have a Party and Fujiyama Mama.
Although casual listeners eventually thought Jackson had retired or died, true fans knew she had shifted her focus to European markets where she remained a big star ...
Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame inductee Wanda Jackson teams up with Jack White of White Stripes for a horn and guitar FX heavy set of neatly chosen cover songs. Although frequently invigorating, at times, the 73-year-old Jackson sounds dangerously close to being blown off her own album.
From the get-go, Jackson can be heard fighting - even triumphing over - the fat, brassy horn section guitar vibrato on Shakin' All Over and although the Johnny Kidd and the Pirates' version remains ...
This 14-song set with two spoken tracks paying tribute to the late Elvis Presley, is probably the CD Wanda Jackson's fans have been waiting to hear. Produced by crack guitarist Danny B. Harvey, it features spare, yet full arrangements that allow the Oklahoma-born rockabilly pioneer to put her unique stamp on some of the genre's best-known tunes.
Eschewing her trademark growl, Jackson sounds surprisingly bluesy slinking through such Sun Records-era staples as "Good Rockin' Tonight," "Trying to Get ...