215 North Lumpkin Street
Athens, GA 30606
7:00 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012
Support: Jonny Fritz (Formerly Corndawg) Wanda Jackson was born in Oklahoma. Her father bought Wanda her first guitar, gave her lessons, and encouraged her to play piano as well. In addition, he took her to see Tex Williams, Spade Cooley, and Bob Wills, which left a lasting impression on her young mind. Jackson insisted on finishing high school before hitting the road. When she did, her father became her road manager. Her mother designed Wanda's stage outfits. "I was the first one to put some glamour in the country music — fringe dresses, high heels, long earrings." When Jackson first toured in 1955, she was on a bill with Elvis Presley. The two hit it off almost immediately. Jackson said it was Presley, along with her father, who encouraged her to sing rockabilly. In 2009 Wanda was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. That year it was also announced that Jackson would start work on new recordings with Jack White. The resulting album, The Party Ain't Over, was released on January 25, 2011.