Long Live The Queen: An Interview With Wanda Jackson

Wanda Jackson

From shaking her hips with The King in her teens to covering Amy Winehouse in her seventies, Wanda Jackson is one of those rare talents whose career has truly spanned the entirety of the glorious rock and roll epoch. She is, after all, The Queen.

Listening to her now, it’s no stretch of the imagination to see that this rockabilly filly is the original Debbie Harry, Chrissy Hynde and Joan Jett—a good girl who wanted to make a big bad racket; simultaneously purring and growling her way through that “music out of Hell.”

I recently spoke to Jackson about her life, legacy, and even Lady GaGa. Read on to check out the interview, and then come see The Queen herself when she shows Madison what a real rock and roll show is all about at The High Noon Saloon later tonight! Get your tickets here.

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Madison Week In Music + Ticket Giveaways (8.25-8.31): SMOKE FREE SOUNDS SERIES featuring CHARLIE PARR and MONSTERS OF MOCK, OZOMATLI, and WANDA JACKSON

Wanda Jackson

Did you hear who’s coming to town this week?  Oh, it’s only THE QUEEN OF ROCK AND ROLL herself, Miss Wanda Jackson!  The world famous “Rockabilly Filly” was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame last year (what took so long!?), but her shows are anything but a nostalgia act.  You don’t want to miss this living legend shake her stuff and growl her way through an incredible night of music, so you better enter to win a pair of tickets below.

Other shows in the coming days include two Smoke Free Sounds Series dates—the first features Charlie Parr in Superior, followed by Monsters Of Mock in Green Bay—and Ozomatli at The Barrymore, right here in Madison.

Read on to get the details and enter to win those Wanda tix.

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Just Announced Madison Concerts: Wanda Jackson

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee

WANDA JACKSON

Wanda Jackson

with special guest The Lustre Kings

Sunday, August 29, 8pm

High Noon Saloon

$15 adv and dos, 21+

Tickets available on our Music Calendar soon!

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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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Musical Legacies

How do you know when you’ve “made it” as an artist?  For some musicians, it would be enough to score a headlining slot at a local venue.  Others have their eyes fixed on a hit single or two.  For others, success means worldwide adoration and acclaim.  This seems to be about as far as most artists dare to dream, but for a select group of musicians, their art has permanently affixed their names to entire movements or genres.  Here are a few of the most recognized members of the Musical Family Tree/Royal Lineage.  There are certainly more out there—tell us who you’d include!

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The Godfather of Punk:  Iggy Pop

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The Queen of Punk:  Patti Smith

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The “Modfather”:  Paul Weller

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The King of Rock ‘n’Roll:  Elvis Presley

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The Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll:  Wanda Jackson

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Godfather of Soul:  James Brown

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Father of Soul: Ray Charles

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The Queen of Soul:  Aretha Franklin

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The Queen of Pop:  Madonna

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The King of Pop: Michael Jackson

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Queen of Folk:  Joan Baez

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