Wanda Jackson’s latest album, Bis, a collaboration with fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members Joan Jett and Kenny Laguna, serves as the music legend’s farewell to the music industry. This is Jackson’s latest album, released a little over two years after she announced she would no longer tour. The queen of rockabilly performed in front of audiences for over 60 years before retiring from touring.
Bis was co-produced by Jett, who appears on the songs “Two Shots”, “Treat Me Like a Lady” and “That’s What Love Is”. Elle King also contributed to “Two Shots”, while Angaleena Presley and Candi Carpenter contributed to the new recording of “Good Girl Down”. The album also includes a cover of “It Keeps Right On a-Hurtin” by Johnny Tillotson, released as a single in June.
When Jackson, 83, met Jett, 62, they surprisingly realized they had a lot in common, as they defied music industry standards at every stage of their careers. At first the two had fun making a “Wanda and Friends” style album, but they decided it was better to do a final album that focuses on Jackson’s talents. “I think [Jett] decided that if we’re going to do this as a completely original album, let’s do it for you. You know? Just you, “said Jackson Billboard in a new interview.
The Jett and Jackson team was the brainchild of the late Jackson publicist Jon Hensley, who previously organized his collaborations with Jack White and Justin Townes Earle. Encore was different though, as it focuses primarily on new songs written by Jackson and his co-writers. This is the first time that the interpreter of “Mean Mean Man” has worked with other writers.
Jackson’s granddaughter, Jordan Simpson helped connect Jackson with Presley, Luke Laird, Will Hoge, and Lori McKenna. “She’ll say, ‘These writers wrote this song. Have you heard it? and I’ll say, ‘Well, I don’t know if I did?’ Jackson said Billboard. “And she’ll say, ‘Well, he’s been # 1 for about five weeks!'”
Although Jackson was not credited as a producer on the new album, she was in total control of the creation. “They allowed me to participate in the choice of things,” she said. “I don’t know if other people were able to come back to the time, but I didn’t. They would send me a sheet of photos from a photoshoot, and I would mark the ones as “Do not use”, and that was the end – they would go from there. It felt good to have a little helping hand for once. “
Jackson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009 as an Early Influence. She still has not been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. She said it would “make me feel like a vital part of this industry”. She has received other awards, however, including a 2005 National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.
The singer started touring at the age of 18, but health issues in recent years have forced her to retire. “It’s been a crazy race,” his team announced in March 2019. “Thank you all for all these years of continued fandom and support. This is not the end, just the start of a new chapter. us as we congratulate The Queen of Rockabilly on more than six decades of roaring live performances, priceless stories and countless shimmies. ” Fortunately, his fans have even more new music to enjoy thanks to Bis, which is now available.