As I was out running errands today, I tuned into the local NPR station and heard Fresh Air’s Terry Gross interviewing Wanda Jackson.
She had several hits in the late ’50s and early ’60s, including “Mean Mean Man,” “Let’s Have a Party” and “Fujiyama Mama.” In the ’70s she kept recording music, mostly gospel. She’s 65 now and still touring. She’s just released her first studio recording in 15 years, Heart Trouble. Guest musicians, including Elvis Costello and The Cramps, join her for several tracks.
I recommend tuning into your NPR station today for Fresh Air or listening to the interview online. Not only is Wanda Jackson one of the most gracious women alive, but she is a pleasure to listen to. Fresh Air plays a few tracks off the new album.
Wanda Jackson’s Website
UPDATE: Sigh… I meant to post this over on the Barflies.net Blog, but instead chose my bookmark too quickly without looking… Oops.