A confluence of Rolling Stone content and BS artists today.
First, HERE'S a piece on Justin Townes Earle producing Wanda Jackson's new album Unfinished Business, which was released yesterday. We here at BS are no strangers to the majesty that is WANDA. Why, we even put together a tribute record to her.
Second, Jack White debuted his new video "I'm Shakin" on Rolling Stone.com See it HERE. Our own Maggie Bjorklund is on pedal steel (you don't see much of her, but she pops up here and there---like at 2:23). The song is an old Little Willie John tune that Bloodshot Rob was first hipped to by the Blasters. Check that out HERE.
And, if you wanna play the Kevin Bacon Degrees of Separation game, Little Willie John (who also wrote "Fever") also came up with the scorcher "Leave My Kitten Alone" that our own Detroit Cobras covered on their Tied & True album
Rockabilly icon and personal hero of ours Wanda Jackson (who we love so much, we did a tribute album of her music) is back in the studio with Justin Townes Earle producing. The album will be out in October on Sugar Hill Records.
As JTE tells it, he encouraged her to return to her roots.
"From day one I really liked Justin's idea to take me back to my roots and make a record of country, blues, and rockabilly songs," Jackson tells Rolling Stone. "The band was extra tight and great to work with during the whole process. The record just sounds terrific and I'm hoping that my fans enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed making it."
Rolling Stone posted this video from the studio in Nashville with some snippets of the new songs. Watch it HERE.
Known by her fans as the Queen of Rockabilly and the First Lady of Rock, Wanda Jackson, will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!
Be sure to check out our 2004 compilation, Hard Headed Woman, which features Neko Case, Kelly Hogan, Jesse Sykes, Anna Fermin's Trigger Gospel, Trailer Bride and so many more paying tribute to Ms Jackson.