Wanda Jackson’s latest record was produced by this terrifying ghostman, who is popular with contemporary youths.
Wanda Jackson's latest record was produced by this terrifying ghostman, who is popular with contemporary youths.
If you go

Who: Wanda Jackson with The Dusty 45's and Halden Wofford and the High Beams

When: 8:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St.

Cost: $25.75-$28.25

Info: bouldertheater.com

Wanda Jackson has been showing off her feisty brand of rock 'n' roll since the 1950s -- and The Party Ain't Over for this performer.

Jackson joined forces with rocker Jack White (The White Stripes, The Raconteurs) and the duo created the demographic-busting record, The Party Ain't Over.

The 2011 release is earning Jackson a younger fanbase that appreciates her brassy rock 'n' roll grooves. The veteran performer just played SXSW and she's slated to rock Bonnaroo.

Friday, Jackson brings her full-tilt show to the Boulder Theater. The singer regularly changes up her bands, so you never know who'll show up to play.

"I was 17 or 18 when I started out. I was young and fearless," Jackson told the Daily. "Elvis Presley talked to my dad -- who was my manager -- and we could see this was the next big thing in music that was sweeping the nation.

"Elvis said all the young people were buying the records, so I needed to aim my songs for them. I didn't think I could do that, but he kept nagging me. Once I did that, I found my home."


Jackson took Presley's advice and became the first female rocker to hit the road. She also glammed up the dress code for women artists, and crossed over between rock and country formats.

"I loved to sing feisty songs that matched my personality," Jackson said. "I knew this is what I wanted -- hot records and a career in music.

"I feel sure that I've paved the way. No other girls were attempting this until after me."

Jackson developed a solid career and scored hit records over the years, but now she has a new generation of fans.

"I'm proud that my songs still stand and that I'm a girl rock singer," Jackson said. "It's like the kids have finally found the good rock 'n' roll. It's the simplicity that makes it such lasting music.

"All the new media and the Internet are letting people find out about my music. I have fans telling me they just found out about me and fell in love with my early stuff."

It was Jackson's twentysomething publicist that turned her onto Jack White and a broader fanbase.

"I was talking about future projects and my new publicist talked about Jack White," Jackson said. "We found out Jack was a big fan of my music. He's smart and knows about the roots of each musical genre.

"I saw how he exposed a new generation to Loretta Lynn. He made her material fresh and new. We got in touch with him and he proposed producing the album."

Jackson says she was excited to do the project, but she was nervous about working with White.

"I got a little scared and thought -- what have I gotten myself into," Jackson revealed. "He's one of the hottest rock acts. What is he going to expect me to sing?

"He assured me he wasn't going to change my style and was going to give me a fresh sound for this new generation. That calmed me down and I thought this would be exciting."

Jackson and White added their signature touches to The Party Ain't Over.

The eclectic record covers the songs of vintage artists, features a rockabilly version of Bob Dylan's "Thunder on the Mountain" and lets Jackson cut loose on Amy Winehouse's "You Know That I'm No Good."

"I was pleasantly surprised with the way the album turned out," Jackson said. "I let Jack have full reign in selecting the material. I told him there were about three songs I'd like to do and we used those.

"The rest were his idea -- he picked some unusual songs, but he has a magical touch for selecting material. It's wonderful material and his arrangements are a knock out. He brought so much energy to the album."

White helped launch the record for Jackson's release shows and the late night talk show circuit.

"Jack helped me and played guitar at the release of the album," Jackson said. "I have several different bands that I pull into to do a tour. This way, I'm always working with good bands and good players."

Jackson will bring one of her select bands to Boulder and she promises to rock this town.

"It's going to be a great time," Jackson said. "The shows consist of standard rock 'n' roll songs from the '50s and '60s that all the kids like. I'm also going to play a few country songs, some gospel tunes and some hits in the pop vein. And we're going to showcase the new album."

Jackson's charged and ready for the next phase of her career.

"We're playing larger venues and getting even larger crowds," Jackson said. "The TV offers are coming in, and there's some talk bubbling around about a book and a movie.

"Things are happening pretty fast and exciting things are happening every day."