published Monday, February 20th, 2012

Off the Couch: Track 29 is on a roll

LISA DENTON: Barry, it was big news last week that Jack White is coming to Track 29 in March, but Saturday you can see one of his idols at the same venue.

Wanda Jackson is known as the Queen of Rockabilly, but she also hit the charts with country and gospel albums. She scored her first big hit in 1954 with "You Can't Have My Love," a duet with Billy Gray.

She's been recording ever since, and like he did with Loretta Lynn's "Van Lear Rose" in 2004, White produced Jackson's most recent CD, "The Party Ain't Over," in early 2011.

BARRY COURTER: She was one of the surprise smaller-stage acts at Bonnaroo, as I actually heard people walking around talking about her show. You might remember she was a big get for Nightfall last year but had to cancel when Adele, whom Jackson was touring with at the time, canceled a bunch of shows due to her throat issues. I heard the other day Bob Dylan called Jackson "an atomic bomb in lipstick."

LISA: I can see that. She's a dynamic performer, and a glamorous one too. In her online bio, she says she was the first to put glamour in country music, with "fringe dresses, high heels, long earrings."

BARRY: I thought David Bowie was the first.

LISA: It's kind of like the look you're rocking now. Oops, where'd that come from?

BARRY: Do these earrings make my rear-end look big?

Wow, I didn't see that left turn coming did you?

LISA: I just thought it was your Mardi Gras outfit.

BARRY: Yeah, that's the ticket.

Anyway, Jackson is a true legend. Another music innovator, Sam Bush, will be at Track 29 Thursday. He's been declared the father of newgrass, or progressive bluegrass music. That reminds me that when Richard Lester, who directed The Beatles' "Help" movie, was told he was considered the father of the music video, he said, "I demand a paternity test."

LISA: Considering some of the progeny, I can't say that I blame him.

So we've got the Queen of Rockabilly and the King of Newgrass coming? That's a lot of royalty for one week.

BARRY: Don't forget, comedian Lewis Black is at the Tivoli Friday also. I'm sure more than few politicians would say he's a royal pain.

about Barry Courter...

Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...

about Lisa Denton...

Lisa Denton is deputy features editor and content editor of Current. She previously was a lifestyle, entertainment and region reporter/pod leader for The Chattanooga Times, which she joined in 1983. Lisa is from Sale Creek and holds an associate’s degree in journalism from Chattanooga State Community College. Contact Lisa at 423-757-6281 or

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