Apr 18, 2009

Jack White – The Triple Threat

Many people know who Jack White is, but too few recognize his importance in the music industry today. The eccentric musician seems to take everything he touches and turn it to gold. As vocalist and guitarist for The White Stripes with ex-wife Meg White, we were blessed with the most catchy tune since Deep Purple’s “Smoke On The Water”, speaking of course about “Seven Nation Army”. On the same CD, Elephant, The White Stripes rocked our faces off with another great single, Hardest Button To Button. After a short break from this two-person band, The White Stripes came back and stole our attention again with the political savvy Icky Thump.

“I have three dads: my biological father, God and Bob Dylan.” – Jack White in A Mysterious Case of the White Stripes from Rolling Stone Magazine.

During his intermission with The White Stripes, Jack White gathered up some of his closest friends and formed an indy garage rock Supergroup – The Raconteurs. The Raconteurs’ first album, Broken Boy Soldiers was received with great acclaim for their first single, “Steady As She Goes”. I personally have a deep seeded love for The Raconteurs for a cover of Cher and Nancy Sinatra’s “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” that they do when performing live concerts. The Raconteurs decided to be edgy and gain some underground street cred with their second album, Consolers of the Lonely by not capitalizing on their fame garnered from their previous album. Instead, they released a very quality album with no hype or promotion to judge their own fan base on.

Keeping up with the namedropping of who his friends are, Jack White just this year of 2009 broke the music mold with a new indy garage rock super group – The Dead Weather. What makes The Dead Weather so unique is that Jack White steps away from the guitar and vocals and primarily rocks the world on a drum set. Also in the band are undeniable talents such as Allison Mosshart (of The Kills) on vocals, Dean Fertita (of Queens of the Stone Age) on guitar, and Raconteur/Greenhorne bassist, Jack Lawrence. The Dead Weather’s debut album The Horehound isn’t being released until June 9, 2009, but their single “Hang You From The Heavens” is available on iTunes, and will likely be topping charts.

So this has been my tribute to Jack White. May he keep on revolutionizing the industry and inspiring youngin’s to dream to be different.

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