There's still time to catch Rockabilly legend, Wanda Jackson as she continues her tour around the country, now playing with Imelda May and Justin Townes Earle.
Wanda is credited as being the first woman to ever record a rock and roll song—”Let’s Have a Party” in 1958—when was convinced by her friend Elvis Presley to cross over from country to rock and rockabilly music. A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, she is now known around the globe as “The Queen of Rock” and “The First Lady of Rockabilly.”
Jackson opened for the young British singer/songwriter Adele for nine sold-out performances in May and June. She says of these shows, “I was thrilled to learn that my music has been an influence on such a talent as Adele. I am looking forward to the concert tour with her. We’re gonna have a party!”
Wanda will be playing tracks from her latest album, The Party Aint Over which was recorded by fan and new-found friend Jack White at his Nashville studio and recorded with a late-night honky-tonk feel by members of My Morning Jacket, the Raconteurs, and Dead Weather, among others.
The White-curated lineup of tunes, says Jackson, showcases "all the various types of music that I've done through the years-some country, some gospel, some rockabilly, some rock n' roll. It's got all of that, and we threw in a Bob Dylan song 'Thunder On the Mountain,' just to be safe."
The album has received tremendous critical praise, with NPR saying “White coaxes a performance from Jackson that fits her as well today as it did in 1958,” and the New York Times concurring that Jackson “still sounds fantastic, and her gnarled, feisty vocals are a good fit with Mr. White’s scrappy production.”
Wanda is playing with Imelda May on the following dates:
- July 26, 9:30 Club, Washington, DC
- July 27, Central Park SummerStage, New York, NY
- July 28, The Trocadero, Philadelphia, PA\
- July 30, Musikfest Café, Bethlehem, PA
- July 31, Newport Folk Festival, Newport, RI
- August 5, Edmonton Folk Festival, Edmonton, AB, Canada
- August 6, Music in the Zoo, Apple Valley, MN (Justin Townes Earle)