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Jack White to Produce Wanda “Queen of Rockabilly” Jackson


When Jack White produced and performed on Loretta Lynn’s brilliant Van Lear Rose album, he not only proved that his skills as an exuberant frontman could be just as affecting from outside the spotlight, but he also showed the world that a 70-something-year-old country music legend could still rock out as hard as the Guitar Center generation. Well, a lot has happened since then (White’s started two more bands, a record label, a studio, etc.) and now Jack’s found another living legend to work with.

NewOK’s Gene Triplett recently spoke to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Wanda Jackson, aka the Queen of Rockabilly, while she was en route to Nashville to begin work on an album produced by the man behind Third Man himself.

“They had a super album, but he didn’t have her do anything different, you know,” said Jackson, 72, of White’s Grammy-winning album with Loretta Lynn. “She just did her little Loretta Lynn songs. But he told me he’s gonna stretch me some, so we’ll see. We’ll talk later.”

According to Triplett, the pair are planning to release a digital single before tackling a full LP, which will be Jackson’s first album since Heart Trouble, a record that included collaborations with Dave Alvin, The Cramps, ex-Stray Cat Lee Rocker, and others.