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Laura Musselman
Wanda Jackson, with Red Meat and the Billy Joe Show

Friday, May 6

Neumos

1. She still has the diamond ring Elvis Presley

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5 Things We Learned About Wanda Jackson, Friday at Neumos

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Laura Musselman
Wanda Jackson, with Red Meat and the Billy Joe Show

Friday, May 6

Neumos

1. She still has the diamond ring Elvis Presley gave her. Yes, it was that kind of ring.

2. When she went to be on The Price Is Right with Wendell--her husband of 49 years--she wore a T-shirt that read "I Used to Date Elvis Presley." Wendell's: "I'm the Guy Who Beat Out Elvis."

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3. It's true what she told me about her new, young fans: They really do listen attentively and respectfully when she gives her brief testimony.

4. Speaking of her new fans . . . Neumos was about three-quarters full of a mix of what appeared to be longtime fans (though if anyone in the room had graduated from high school before the 73-year-old Jackson, they kept a low profile), rockabilly punks, and Cap Hill regulars peeled off from the fanbase of Jack White, the producer of her most recent record, The Party Ain't Over.

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Red Meat opened the show and backed up Jackson.
5. Jackson--a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame--never attained the kind of stardom or place in the rock-and-roll pantheon that many of her male contemporaries (Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash) did. But that she can still incite excitement from a cross-generational audience, bring an uncompromising show across the country, and make relevant records is a testament to the fact that the trajectory of her career may be more enviable.

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Seattle's Billy Joe Huels opened the show, and sat in with Red Meat (picutured here) and with Jackson. His band, The Dusty 45s, backs up Jackson on the next leg of her tour.

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