Wanda Jackson

ACL Live Shots

ACL Live Shots
Photo by Sandy Carson

Wanda Jackson

Zilker Park, Sept. 17

Snappily and uniformly outfitted in matching suits, Wanda Jackson's band warmed up her entrance playing Link Wray's "Rumble," a reminder that the veteran songstress was once a rebel, too. Dressed in a sequin-trimmed hot-pink jacket with her hair lacquered coal black, Jackson looked the part – the "Fujiyama Mama" with a heart of gold who toured with (and dated) Elvis. The Jackson canon reads like a jukebox – "Shakin' All Over," "Riot in Cell Block No. 9," "Heartbreak Hotel," "Nervous Breakdown" – and without apology: These songs are part of her original career. And if the voice on "Mean Mean Man" isn't quite as strong as on "Funnel of Love," Wanda Jackson's earned her wings and gets a pass just because she's been there and done that.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More Wanda Jackson
ACL Music Fest Saturday Interviews
Wanda Jackson
The party ain't over

Jim Caligiuri, Sept. 16, 2011

Phases & Stages
Wanda Jackson
The Party Ain't Over (Record Review)

Raoul Hernandez, Jan. 28, 2011

More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
Guy Forsyth & Jeska Bailey
Conspirators (Record Review)

Reid Jowers, Sept. 27, 2019

Texas Platters
The Texas Horns
Get Here Quick (Record Review)

Jay Trachtenberg, Sept. 20, 2019

More by Margaret Moser
Did I Know Bruce Springsteen Was Going to Play 2012?
Did I Know Bruce Springsteen Was Going to Play 2012?

March 3, 2017

Adult Audio Coloring Book Sampler
Adult Audio Coloring Book Sampler
A look back at illustrated album covers old and new

July 29, 2016

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

Wanda Jackson

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

New recipes and food news delivered Mondays

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle