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.
- March 26, 2015
Much like the beloved American sitcom, Seinfeld, a show about nothing, Courtney Barnett's debut album, Sometimes I Sit and Think, Sometimes I Just Sit, managers to be highly entertaining while working with the most banal source material. Man plays hooky from work. Couple goes house hunting. Courtney swims. Courtney buys groceries. These are but a sampling of the seemingly ordinary scenes recreated over the course of eleven songs. There's even a track, "Small Poppies," where Barnett thinks about moving the lawn. She doesn't actually cut the grass, mind you, she just thinks about it. Read More