TICKETS $65 AT THE DOOR
WANDA JACKSON (USA)
Guests: Ezra Lee & his band (feat. Blues Cowboys and special guest Red Rivers) + Fraser A. Gorman & Big Harvest
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“An atomic bomb in lipstick… the Queen of Rockabilly….” (Bob Dylan). Widely known and respected as the Queen of Rock and First Lady of Rockabilly, Wanda Jackson will play Bluesfest 2013 and will play a Corner Hotel sideshow! Wanda’s latest rediscovery in 2011 saw her team up with Jack White (The White Stripes) to produce her wildly successful album, ‘The Party Ain’t Over’, and has since been working on her 31st studio album, ‘Unfinished Business’, with folk musician and Bluesfest performer Justin Townes Earle. Born in Oklahoma, Wanda first toured in 1955 when placed on a bill with none other than ‘The King’ himself, Elvis Presley. The two hit it off almost immediately and dated on and off. It was Elvis, along with her father, who encouraged her to sing rockabilly. In 2009 Wanda became the only woman ever to be inducted into both the Rockabilly and Rock and Roll Halls Of Fame (on recommendation from Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello and Bruce Springsteen). Throughout Wanda’s 50+ year multi genre music career, hits like ‘Tears Will Be The Chaser For Your Wine’, ‘Fujiyama Mama’, ‘Heart Trouble’ and ‘I Remember Elvis’, have landed her in the top of the country, rockabilly, pop and rock charts. Watch Wanda Jackson at Third Man Live, featuring Jack White and the Third Man Band, here. Australia’s own rock ‘n’ roll piano man, Ezra Lee and his rockin’ boogie woogie style, has taken off in a big way. It’s taken him around the world supporting many rock and roll legends including The Original Comets and the great Jerry Lee Lewis. Anyone familiar with Australian country and blues is familiar with Johnny Greens Blues Cowboys of which Johnny, Hank and Grunter will be playing alongside Ezra Lee and the legendary rockabilly guitar player, singer and recording artist, Red Rivers. Together they will be supporting and backing the iconic queen of rockabilly, Ms Wanda Jackson.