04
May
08

KEEP IT ON THE BROWNLOWE: Wanda Jackson

Em Brownlowe

I have crossed to the other side and have started freelancing for a local paper’s music column. My first published piece was a segment advertising Wanda Jackson’s show:


Still rocking that orange…

WANDA JACKSON, MARSHALL SCOTT WARNER, THE HEADLINERS
(Dante’s, 1 SW 3rd) Last time I saw Wanda Jackson live, she blew through this rainy town like a hurricane. I felt like I was in a time capsule that flashed back to the days of swing dancing and beer that could be traded for pocket change—an era where pin-up girls revealing their garter belts was considered controversial and sexually defiant. Wanda Jackson was singing at those parties back then and still has the same spitfire prowess to get a party started in the new millennium. As she enters her 70s, it’s refreshing to see a woman rocking past retirement and warming her throne as the “Queen of Rockabilly.” Take her advice and “Rock Your Baby All Night Long,” because you don’t want to miss your chance before Ms. Jackson takes a one-way ticket to the eternal rock ‘n’ roll party in the sky. – EM BROWNLOWE, Portland Mercury

For someone who has song titles like “Let’s Have a Party”, “I Wanna Waltz”, “There’s a Party Going On” and “Man We Had A Party” there’s no doubt that the show was going to be a blast.

Here is Wanda performing “Fujiyama Mama” (2006, Maxwells):

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