Think of the coolest rock & roll icon. No matter what visage just popped up in your mind, Wanda Jackson is cooler. Not only is she an original rock & roller who made her name on bills with Elvis Presley (who was one of her biggest champions), and not only was she an original female badass, delivering her growling, proto- feminist take on rockabilly into a genre dominated by men, but Wanda Jackson still does all of those things to this day, more than a half-century after debuting. Although for a while her badassery was masked in sparkly gowns and twangy delivery (a la Loretta Lynn), Jackson has rekindled her “Mean Mean Man” vibe, thanks to a recent collaboration with Jack White.
First appeared Oct. 13, 2011 in Orlando Weekly.