Jack White is changing the face of music, something the people seems to like. In a world where technology rules, Jack White is going old school and creating music on his own terms. A lover of vinyl, and a passion for resurrecting music from a different time he is introducing a new generation to musicians like Wanda Jackson, and reminding us how music sounds on vinyl in real-time without adding bells and whistles or turning a less than perfect singer into a vocal genius by pushing button and turning knobs.
The international rock star is one of the most influential artists of his generation. White was number 70 in Rolling Stone’s list of 100 greatest guitarists ever. His multi-instrumental, song, and music writing talents are diverse, unique and flawless.
The 39-year-old White is the founding member of 3 major alternative rock bands. The White Stripes was Jack White’s first successful band which consisted of himself and his then wife Meg White. Three of their albums won Grammy’s for Best Alternative Album. The band dissolved in 2011 after 14 years as a band. The Raconteurs which consisted of 4 members Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence of The Greenhornes, Blanche and The Dead Weather, and Patrick Keeler from The Greenhornes released Consolers of the Lonely in 2008 which made it to number 7 on the music charts. It is rumored he is currently working on a new album with the Raconteurs. These are just a few of the bands White has created. Jack White has also had a very successful solo career. His 2012 album Blunderbuss was critically acclaimed and a commercial success. In true Jack White style he did a first and toured with 2 bands one being all female. During a brief intermission the bands would switch.
Jack White created the independent record label, Third Man Records in Detroit Michigan, 2001. Third Man Records found its permanent location in Nashville Tennessee in 2009, where White now calls home. The Third Man Records site is also the labels office location, a record store and music venue. The live performance area, The Blue Room, is also used as a screening room for movies, a photostudio, darkroom, a master recording storage facility, and label warehouse. The Blue Room has the capabilities to record live shows that are record directly onto vinyl. This art of performing vinyl masters at The Blue Room in real-time is the only one of its kind. He has also worked with Alicia Keys, Wanda Jackson and Danger Mouse to name a few. Rumor has it Jack White is in the process of collaborating with Neil Young on Young’s new album A Letter Home. It is said White will perform on the LP but it is unclear whether White will be producing the album.
White is in the middle of wrapping up a few projects including another solo album. There is no news on when the mystery album will be released but Jack white is set to headline several festivals this summer so chances are the release will coincide with the dates.
Jack White is a man on the move and creating music on his own terms and music lovers seem to love it. Catch up with him this summer and check out one of the festivals he will be headlining; Free Press Summer Festival in Houston, TX (May 31-June 1), Bonnaroo in Manchester, TN (June 12-15), Firefly Music Festival in Dover DE, (June 19-22). The prolific musician may not be done with his festival participation so stay tuned for more announcements.
By Christina Thompson