Jack White has released an instrumental single and video in advance of a new album, Lazaretto, due in June.
White’s heavy blues influences polarises the public, you love it or hate it. To me, he sounds like a modern version of one of my favourite blues influenced English bands, Groundhogs. This power trio’s classic line up featured Tony McPhee on guitar and vocals, Ken Pustelnick on drums and Pete Cruickshank on bass making a fistful of great blues influenced rock records from the late sixties and into the seventies. Check them out, start with Split from 1971.
In the meantime Jack White knows about tone and this, like all his tracks, has a great guitar tone. Apart from his arrangement skills and sense of dynamics, White has found away to make blues cool with a younger generation in the 21st century and that is an achievement in itself.
In 2001 he started a label called Third Man Records.
Since The White Stripes broke up he has worked with great country stars like Loretta Lynn and Wanda Jackson, duetted with Alicia Keys for the James Bond song from Quantum of Solace in 2008 as well as finding success in The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather.
Oh yeah and he also did this – from Wikipedia:
The Detroit Masonic Temple was nearly foreclosed on in 2013 after it was revealed that owners owed $142,000 in back taxes. In June 2013, it was revealed that the entire bill was footed by White.
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