"I tell you, Jack White pushed me and pushed me on these songs," rockabilly legend Wanda Jackson said at the Beauty Bar Palm Door annex on Wednesday night, "until he pushed me right into the 21st century."
SXSW isn't just for start-up bands trying to raise their profiles. It's also about older acts who are rebooting. (And there as nowhere more appropriate for the 72 year old Jackson to reboot, since they sell cowgirl footwear at the Palm Door, right in the place where the merch stand should be.)
Jaqckson, who Bob Dylan once called "an atomic bomb with lipstick," was the greatest of the '50s red-hot rockabilly mamas, and as she reminded the early evening crowd on Wednesday, she dated Elvis Presley when she was a teenager. "I was a bigger name in the business than him for that long," she said with a grin, snapping her fingers.