Wanda Jackson performed new material alongside her classics as well as say a few kind words about producer Jack White.
Wanda Jackson performing at SXSW Wednesday night. (photo by Chris M. Junior)
Don’t ever accuse Wanda Jackson of resting on her laurels or living in the past.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member (and contemporary of Elvis Presley) took time during her South by Southwest showcase Wednesday night to perform new material alongside her classics as well as say a few kind words about producer Jack White.
Jackson described White as “quite a young man” who pushed her “right into the 21st century.” After that, she launched into her version of Amy Winehouse’s “You Know I’m No Good,” and she did anything but phone in it. As she sang the last line, Jackson playfully milked the moment by putting a finger to her mouth and pulling on her lower lip.
The packed crowd ate it up, as well as her comments about the unique hairstyles she spotted in the audience and the annoying white pole at the front of the stage. Despite some microphone feedback and her backing band being a little out of sync, Jackson went over very well, and she seems poised to gain a bigger and younger following as Loretta Lynn did after her collaboration with White.
Jackson is scheduled to participate in the SXSW panel “Elvis at 75” on Friday.