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.
- October 8, 2014
That bit about friends from other bands in town gathering around a kitchen table to write and record music describes Lower Plenty to a tee. The ten, largely acoustic numbers collected on Life/Thrills are spontaneous and endearingly unpolished: The percussion often sounds like washboards or bottles and cans; the guitars are loosely strummed and tuned to good enough; and, the lyrics are often conversational in nature, gathered from bits overheard about town or supplied as the answer to the simple question, "What did you do today?" Read More