Wanda Jackson isn’t the first icon of American roots music to get the Jack White treatment. That was Lorretta Lynn, of course, whose White-produced 2004 record, Van Lear Rose, helped re-launch the career of one of country music’s all time greats. Now, the Queen of Rockbilly gets her turn, and judging by “Thunder on the Mountain,” the first single from the soon to be released, The Party Ain’t Over, we may soon witness a similar renaissance of Jackson’s career. In one word, this track scorches. Jack White’s guitar solos – Scorchin’. The Third Man House Band, both the rhythm section and the horn section – Scorchin’. And lest we forget Jackson, it is her album, after all — She manages a hoot here and a holler there, while scootin’ through this old Dylan tune with more vigor than any 63 year-old woman I know. Yes, she delivers a scorchin’ performance, too.
- August 25, 2015
If musicians were subject to rules of an NFL-style draft, Royal Headache's vocalist, a man who goes by the name Shogun, would be a first round pick. His voice has the wear of a life that hasn't always been an easy one to live. He's got soul. He's got effortless range. If he came in the age in the late '60s he could have fronted the Faces. In the '70s it would have been The Nerves or The Jam. And, if he came of age in the '80s, and really, really liked his booze, he could slide right into an outfit like the Replacements. In the grunge era, he would have sung like he had marbles in his mouth. Let's be glad Shogun is not active in 1995, but in 2015, where he sounds right at home in this scrappy four-piece, garage band from Sydney. Read More