Jack White + Wanda Jackson + Amy Winehouse = Musical Magic

Wanda Jackson

The Queen of Rockabilly and one of our personal favorites, Wanda Jackson, has a new album in the works, being produced by none other than Mr. Jack White.  The album will be preceeded by a double A-side single featuring a cover of Amy Winehouse’s modern classic, “You Know I’m No Good.”

Read more about Jackson’s soon-to-be-released album here.  We can’t wait to hear it!

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The winner of Queen of Rock is presented to…

Oh Wanda, finally you will get your due!  I mean really, for how long does a girl in rock-n-roll have to wait to receive her props?

We’ve written about this lovely legend before but we will repeat…

If you are one of the few who’ve missed out on Wanda Jackson, now is the time to listen up.  Ms. Jackson, oftentimes referred to as the first female rock-n-roll singer, and celebrated as “The Queen of Rockabilly”, toured with peers Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and Buddy Holly.  Although she ultimately spurned Elvis’ romantic attempts, we can thank him for encouraging Jackson to shift from her country and gospel roots over to rock-n-roll.

Wanda Jackson has been appropriately nominated for two Grammys and inducted in to countless halls of fame while somehow eluding the folks at the Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame.  That is, until now (well almost).  Much speculation and frustration has ensued over this peculiar omission, causing such musical heavyweights as Bob Dylan and Elvis Costello to publicly complain.  The status quo will change April 4th 2009 when, as her website announces, “the Queen will take her throne.”

True Endeavors has been blessed multiple times to host this ever touring performer.  Now 71 years of age, and not one to let any cultural institutions (or omissions) get in her way, Wanda still claims she’s nowhere near retirement.  Somehow we’re not surprised.

Hard Headed Woman (then)

Fujiyama Mama (now)

Wanda JacksonMySpace

Wanda Jackson LastFM

Wanda Jackson Facebook

-MJ Hecox

See the “Queen of Rockabilly” on us (and lots of free downloads)!

Don’t miss this rock maven as she rolls the house in Mad-town. If you are a fan of any amplified music from the last 50 years there is no other choice but to pay your respects..


Every Night is Saturday Night- About Wanda Jackson and her roll in the birth of rock-n-roll

Wednesday June 25, 8pm High Noon Saloon 608.268.1122 $15 adv $17 dos – 21+



Also don’t miss crooners

ROSE POLENZANI (born in our own Waukesha WI)

“Evocative stories that one wants to curl up with, like a cherished book…” says Time Out New York

“Somewhere in-between the raw emotion of singer Patty Griffin and the poetry of Anne Sexton, you’ll find Rose Polenzani.”
 -Utne Reader

Lots of free downloads, check ’em out then buy her albums at the show!

Rose Polenzani- Blue Angel, 2004 August

Rose Polenzani- Explain it to me, 2004 August

Rose Polenzani- Merzidotes, 2004 Tabletop People

Rose Polenzani- Fell, 2001 Rose Polenzani

Rose Polenzani- Mary Lee, 2001 Rose Polenzani

Rose Polenzani- Or (featuring the Indigo Girls), 1999 Anybody

Rose Polenzani- Abalin (featuring Andrew Bird), 1999 Anybody

Rose Polenzani- You Dont Know, 1998 Dragersville

Rose Polenzani- In The Middle, 1998 Dragersville



“I’ve heard it said that we become writers not because words come easily to us, but because we are always struggling to find the right words. I know this to be true in my own life. Every day I’m struck by something that leaves me speechless. Usually it’s something very simple, very ordinary..

Of all the possible words, in every possible combination, what are the right ones for that moment? What are the words that have never been used before to describe something we all know? That’s what I’m after.” -Meg Hutchinson

Seeing Stars- Meg Hutchinson

with special guest ROSE COUSINS Friday, June 27, 6:30 pm early start time High Noon Saloon 608.268.1122 $10 –



Fourth person to email MJ@TrueEndeavors.com with the show in the subject line will get through the doors for free with a friend!

We will always respect your information

This Week in Shows

Sunday June 22

“With a singer (Josh Caterer) who can make the most melancholic, fretting passage seem like a whistling, carefree, Willie Wonka-kissed day..and a band who is gleeful, but not in a churlish-youthful way, Smoking Popes are one of the most deceptively pleasant-sounding bands going.” -Artistdirect.com

I Know You Love Me- Smoking Popes

8pm High Noon Saloon 608.268.1122
$10 adv $12 dos – 18+


Sunday June 22

‘”Fruits Are Overflowing” extended the ’60s vibe, using a somber, Doors-like intro that escalated into a soulful duet between Nau and McGraw.”- WashingtonPost.com

cotton jones basket ride

8pm Cafe Montmartre 608.255.5900
$7 at the door / $7 adv – 21+


Wednesday June 25

The Queen of Rock -N- Roll then..

and now (still rocking!)

8pm High Noon Saloon 608.268.1122
$15 adv $17 dos – 21+


Friday June 27

If you like: Chris Pureka, Erin McKeown, or Kris Delmhorst check out..


rose polenzani

“Rose is a singer-songwriter out of the hot Boston coffeehouse/alt-country/folk/americana scene. Her music is characterized by her beautiful voice, acoustic guitar, and powerful lyrics.” – Last.fm



Come Up Full- Meg Hutchinson

“…A master of introspective ballads filled with understated yearning and an exquisite sense of metaphor.” -Performing Songwriter
with special guest
6:30 pm early start time High Noon Saloon 608.268.1122
$10 – 18+


Media Round-up..The Queen of Rockabilly and More

Looking for the buzz on artists touring through Madison?

The Swell Season show this Monday sold out in 24 hrs. but for those of you have been wondering who the opener will be, Nina Nastasia has been chosen.

Mojo says: “These intimate hushes and lilts would be remarkable even as instrumentals…. Yet it’s Nastasia’s voice–and the words that it sings–that really sucks the air out of the room.”

Check out her free download: Nina Nastasia- Our Day Trip, 2006 On Leaving


Were you one of the fans disappointed by the break up of Page France? Well the frontman for that now defunct band started “The Cotton Jones Basket Ride” playing at Café Montmartre on June 22.

Check out this free download: The Cotton Jones Basket Ride- To Death With You, 2007 Paranoid Cocoon


If you are one of the few who don’t know about legendary Wanda Jackson listen up..Ms. Jackson is sometimes referred to as the first female rock-n-roll singer, and is celebrated as “The Queen of Rockabilly”. She toured with peers Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Buddy Holly. Although ultimately she spurned Elvis’ romantic attempts, he is the one who encouraged her to shift from country and gospel to rock. Check out what else she has to say about the two of them in this Rolling Stone article. She has been nominated for 2 Grammys and inducted in to countless halls of fame. You can’t miss out on seeing the legend in person at age 71 Wed June 25 at the High Noon Saloon.


Local media coverage of True Endeavors shows:
Austin psychedelic rockers The Black Angels interview/preview in Madison Music Review
Photos of Ingrid Michaelson at Barrymore in Muzzle of Bees
Ingrid Michaelson Review in Isthmus