She’s called the queen of rockabilly, has secured a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and at age 73 she’s teamed up with rocker Jack White to release a new album.
White, a founder of the White Stripes, produced and arranged Jackson’s new album, “The Party Ain’t Over,” a disc bringing Jackson’s growling country-style vocals to rock tunes.
“I was scared at first because I didn’t know what this young rock star was going to expect of me or ask me to do,” Jackson says on her website of her collaboration with White.
But she says White’s work quickly won her over.
“I realized he wasn’t wanting to change my style of singing at all. He just wanted me to have new, fresher material. … He just wanted more of Wanda than I was used to putting out,” she says.
“He pulled out the 18-year-old young, feisty girl that was down in there buried,” Jackson said of White during an appearance on Conan O’Brien on TBS Tuesday night.
Jackson belted out “Funnel of Love,” with White on guitar, and then Conan asked Jackson about what it was like to tour with the king of rock ‘n’ roll, Elvis Presley, 50 years ago.
“They did more than tour,” White interjected.
“He could sure kiss good” was all Jackson offered.