Americana Awards celebrate legacy of Wanda Jackson


AP Entertainment Writer

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Wanda Jackson had no idea the influence of what she was doing when she carved a sharp, distinctive line across the heartwood of rock 'n' roll back in the 1950s and '60s.

The rockabilly queen with the knockout voice to go with the same kind of looks was working as hard as she could, and not really thinking beyond the night's setlist or the next gig.

Yet signs of the 72-year-old's influence are everywhere as the Americana Music Association prepares to cite her for lifetime achievement during Thursday night's Americana Awards along with John Mellancamp, Luke Lewis, Brian Ahren and Greg Leiz.

More than 50 years after she became one of the first women to tackle and transform nascent rock 'n' roll, women populate the genre and have pushed it in new and unexpected directions.



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