Recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Wanda Jackson is widely regarded as a driving force behind rock music as far back as the 1950s. As one of the leading female figures in the genre, she has topped an otherwise male-dominated field with her daring voice, personality and outfits. Fusing together elements of country — she's known as one of America's first major female country singers — and rockabilly, Jackson became a treasured voice among country and rock lovers for the next 60 years.
Teaming up with the notable Jack White under Third Man Records, Jackson taps into her love of gospel, country and of course, rock 'n' roll, for her latest album The Party Ain't Over. Featuring 12 covers, performed in a distinctly Jackson-esque style, The Party Ain't Over is purely a celebration of life and the range of musical styles that make it worth living. Having Jack White on lead guitar and an entire backing band on horns, vocals, pedal steel and the like, the album is vibrantly filled with danceable fun.
Hear Jackson play with White live, and talk to David Dye about what it's like to work in the studio together with White.
This World Cafe segment originally aired March 3, 2011. (link)
Playlist - HOUR ONE
Fiona Apple "Fast As You Can" When the Pawn Hits the Conflicts He Thinks Like a King...
Richard Thompson "Haul Me Up" Dream Attic
Midnight Owl "Beds are Burning" Diesel & Dust
James "Dust Motes" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
James "Laid" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
James "Crazy" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
James "Say Something" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Coldplay "Violet Hill" Viva La Vida
Psychedelic Furs "Love My Way" All This and Nothing
Slow Children "President Am I" Slow Children
Girls "Heartbreaker" Broken Dreams Club EP
Playlist - HOUR TWO
Lissie "In Sleep" Catching a Tiger
Bruce Springsteen "Racing in the Street" The Promise
The Decemberists "Down by the Water" The King is Dead
John Hiatt "Crossing Muddy Waters" Crossing Muddy Waters
The Tallest Man on Earth "King of Spain" The Wildest Hunt
Elliott Smith "Baby Britain" XO
Matt Costa "Witchcraft" Mobile Chateau
Ray LaMontagne "Beg Steal or Borrow" God Willin' and the Creek Don't Rise
Ani Difranco "Little Plastic Castle" Little Plastic Castle
Cake "Sick of You" Showroom of Compassion
Yo La Tengo "Mr. Tough" I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass
Fountains of Wayne "Hey Julie" Welcome Interstate Managers
War on Drugs "Comin' Thru" Future Weather
Rolling Stones "Happy" Exile on Main Street