Jack White has spent an entire brilliant career paying oblique tribute to the fuzzier, wilder ancestral forms of rock music that haven’t, by and large, gotten a ton of play within popular culture over the past decade-plus. It’s only right, then, that some of the survivors of those past eras are paying White some tribute of their own. On the forthcoming tribute album Rockin’ Legends Pay Tribute To Jack White, half-forgotten old-timers like Gary U.S. Bonds, Johnny Powers, Big Jay McNeely, and Sonny Burgess cover various White Stripes, Raconteurs, and White solo songs. And the old-timey rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson, who released the White-produced album The Party Ain’t Over in 2011, gives a skeletal version of the White Stripes’ already-skeletal “In The Cold, Cold Night,” and you can hear her version at Rolling Stone.
Rockin’ Legends Pay Tribute To Jack White is out 11/19 on Cleopatra.