Tonight’s Concert Pick: Wanda Jackson at World Cafe Live

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"Who is that d-bag in the tight pants, and why is he allowed to sit next to Wanda Jackson?"

More than half a century after she released her Top 40 single “Let’s Have A Party” in the late ’50s, Wanda Jackson is apparently still partying. Last month, the 73-year-old “Queen Of Rockabilly”—who was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2009—released The Party Ain’t Over, a covers collection produced by The White Stripes’ Jack White. It’s an interesting pairing, to be sure—and one that has some people hootin’ and hollerin’ for Jack White’s head. For a good laugh, make sure to check out a couple of the indignant online reviews from longtime superfans who simply can’t believe that a hipster hotshot like White was even allowed in the same studio as Wanda Jackson. Who cares if it was actually White’s own studio in Nashville (or if it was his initiative that led to Jackson recording her first album in five years—and only her third album in the last 20 years)? How dare White add a raucous horn section to Wanda’s music? HOW DARE HE? Her vocals are, like, totally buried in the mix! It’s an outrage, I tell you! Wanda Jackson performs with The Lustre Kings and Delco Nightingale at 8 p.m. at World Cafe Live; tickets to the show are $30–$55.

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  • ????

    Ok, whatever “d-bag” wrote this review needs to understand that, without Jack White’s help, Wanda Jackson wouldn’t be doing what she’s doing right now, or atleast as successfully. He has helped revamp the careers of quite a few great legends, including Loretta Lynn (Remember Van Lear Rose won a Grammy Award??) and Dexter Romweber (of the underground legendary rockabilly group, The Flat Duo Jets), and his involvement and collaboration with these artists has proven to be extremely succesful and helpful to their careers. It’s not his fault if he has created three extremely successful bands throughout his career, one which will most likely become legendary. Calling him a “hipster hotshot” is a little much. Calling him a d-bag is just a blinded personal attack on a person that you don’t even know. He’s an amazing Rennaissance man in the new music generation and he’s striving to preserve what is special and sacred in music, unlike a lot of other producers/musicians out there. I’m sure Wanda fully appreciates the music Jack has produced and arranged for her and it wouldn’t be out there for all of her loyal fans to hear if she didn’t put her stamp of approval on it first. Remember, SHE chose to work with him. He must be doing something right. See you all at the show tonight.

  • guest

    Not exactly sure why a “locally minded” station such as WXPN, insists on ignoring the other band on the bill with Ms. Jackson; a local Philadelphia band from Fishtown called Delco Nightingale. Press releases were sent two weeks in advance, cds were dropped at the station…nothing. Perhaps because none of them sport beards, ironic tee-shirts or courduroy blazers? Maybe because their singer doesn’t sound like a breathy little pixie? Hey, wait…two of them used to live in Brooklyn! How about that? Course, it wasn’t Williamsburg….never mind.