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Wanda Jackson – The Party Ain’t Over

It was November 2009 when I first brought you news of a revival album from Wanda jackson the first Queen of Rockabilly which was being produced by Jack White.

Early 2010 saw a couple of tracks released see HERE but the album is finally out this week and for your pleasure here is her version of one of Bob Dylan’s modern classics.

“Thunder On The Mountain” – Wanda Jackson

To promote the album Wanda made an ideal guest on the 2010/2011 Jools Holland Hootenanny which included her version of Amy Winehouse’s  “You Know I’m No Good”

To buy the music of Wanda Jackson click HERE

Bonus, here is his Bobness video of “Thunder On The Mountain” from the album “Modern Times”


January 25, 2011 Posted by | Cover Stories, New Music, New Releases, Video | , , , | 1 Comment

Wanda Jackson

Back on the 17th November 2009 (see HERE) I brought you the news that Jack White was producing a new album for the great Wanda Jackson six years after he did likewise for Loretta Lynn.

Although not due until the Autumn two tracks from the album were made available via iTunes, both cover versions one is a cover of the Johnnie Kidd & The Pirates “Shakin’ All Over” which is timeous given the recent sad passing of Mick Green.

The other track is a brave cover of Amy Winehouse’s “You Know I’m No Good” to which there were many a lyric change with Wanda stating that she wasn’t going to sing about being in bed with someone. Perhaps it is also not surprising that a 72 year old from Oklahoma (even one who dated Elvis) also didn’t know what “chips and pitta”  or “Stella” were.!!

“You Know I’m No Good” – Wanda Jackson

Buy the music of Wanda Jackson HERE and HERE

March 1, 2010 Posted by | New Music, Video | , , , | Leave a comment

Jack White & Wanda Jackson

Nashville based producer Jack White is set to hook up with Rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson.

Jack White has always loved music from the past. Previous albums by The White Stripes have been dedicated to the likes of Son House and Blind Willie McTell, while the guitarist even produced an album by his idol Loretta Lynn.

Now the Detroit guitar slinger is set to step into the recording booth again to helm a forthcoming project with Wanda Jackson. The singer helped pioneer rock ‘n’ roll before the name had even been coined, touring with Elvis Presley when the pair were cutting seminal sides at Sun Records.

Now into her 70s, the singer has agreed to work with Jack White on a new project. In a recent interview Wanda Jackson claimed that she had been inspired by the 2004 Loretta Lynn project ‘Van Lear Rose’.

“They had a super album, but he didn’t have her do anything different, you know,” the Rockabilly legend told The Oklahoman. “She just did her little Loretta Lynn songs. But he (White) told me he’s gonna stretch me some, so we’ll see. We’ll talk later.”

The pair apparently met through the manager of Wanda Jackson’s website. The Rockabilly star was overwhelmed by Jack White’s interest, labelling him “one of the biggest stars on the planet”.

Of course, this isn’t the only project Jack White has on the go. The White Stripes are set to record a new album soon, with The Dead Weather still fulfilled touring commitments.

It is not known if the new Wanda Jackson album will be released through Jack White’s label Third Man Records.




“Hard Headed Woman” – Wanda Jackson

November 17, 2009 Posted by | Blast from The Past, New News, Old Music, Video | , | 2 Comments

It Might Get Loud

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Who hasn’t wanted to be a rock star, join a band or play electric guitar? Music resonates, moves and inspires us. Strummed through the fingers of The Edge, Jimmy Page and Jack White, somehow it does more. Such is the premise of It Might Get Loud, a new documentary conceived by producer Thomas Tull.

It Might Get Loud isn’t like any other rock’n roll documentary. Filmed through the eyes of three virtuosos from three different generations, audiences get up close and personal, discovering how a furniture upholsterer from Detroit, a studio musician and painter from London and a seventeen–year–old Dublin schoolboy, each used the electric guitar to develop their unique sound and rise to the pantheon of superstar. Rare discussions are provoked as we travel with Jimmy Page, The Edge and Jack White to influential locations of their pasts. Born from the experience is intimate access to the creative genesis of each legend, such as Link Wray’s “Rumble’s” searing impression upon Jimmy Page, who surprises audiences with an impromptu air guitar performance. But that’s only the beginning.

While each guitarist describes his own musical rebellion, a rock’n roll summit is being arranged. Set on an empty soundstage, the musicians come together, crank up the amps and play. They also share their influences, swap stories, and teach each other songs. During the summit Page’s double–neck guitar, The Edge’s array of effects pedals and White’s new mic, custom built into his guitar, go live. The musical journey is joined by visual grandeur too. We see the stone halls of Headley Grange where “Stairway to Heaven” was composed, visit a haunting Tennessee farmhouse where Jack White writes a song on–camera, and eavesdrop inside the dimly lit Dublin studio where The Edge lays down initial guitar tracks for U2’s forthcoming single. The images, like the stories, will linger in the mind long after the reverb fades.

It Might Get Loud might not affect how you play guitar, but it will change how you listen. The film is directed and produced by An Inconvenient Truth’s Davis Guggenheim, and produced by Thomas Tull, Lesley Chilcott and Peter Afterman.

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June 24, 2009 Posted by | New News, Video | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Blast From The Past – The Stylophone




Everyone will remember the “Stylophone” as originally advertised in the UK by Rolf Harris, perhaps less people will realise that it still has a cult following and can still be purchased.

Here is a “Stylophone Geek”

……………………..and as endorsed by Jack White

To buy a “Stylophone click HERE

May 27, 2009 Posted by | Humour, Video | , , , , , | Leave a comment


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