Jack White Visits The GRAMMY Museum

GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter and guitarist discusses the influence of blues and details his debut solo album, Blunderbuss
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    Jack White
October 04, 2012 -- 12:56 pm PDT
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GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter Jack White recently participated in an installment of the GRAMMY Museum's A Conversation With series. Before an intimate audience at the Museum's Clive Davis Theater, White discussed recording his debut solo album, Blunderbuss, his love for the blues, making the 2008 documentary It Might Get Loud, and the resurgence of vinyl, among other topics.

"It was something I didn't really intend on doing at all," said White on recording Blunderbuss. "I was just so used to being in a band. When you're in a band you're sort of in a little mob. You're like a patrol unit or something. You're in a battle with these brothers or sisters with you [and] you sort of feel like it's you against the world. I was just so used to that idea."

A producer, guitarist, songwriter, singer, and drummer, White is considered one of the forerunners of the garage rock revival. As part of the White Stripes, a rock duo featuring White's former wife, Meg White, Jack White earned four GRAMMY Awards, including two for Best Alternative Music Album for Elephant (2003) and Icky Thump (2007). The latter proved to be the White Stripes' final studio release and was followed by a live album, Under Great White Northern Lights, in 2010.

In 2005 White formed the Raconteurs with whom he earned three GRAMMY nominations, including Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for "Steady, As She Goes" and Best Rock Album for Broken Boy Soldiers in 2006. The group's last studio was release was 2008's Consolers Of The Lonely, which reached No. 7 on the Billboard 200 and earned a GRAMMY nomination for Best Rock Album.

White's latest band, the Dead Weather, was formed in 2008 and featured the Kills lead singer Alison Mosshart and Queens Of The Stone Age guitarist Dean Fertita. The band released their debut album, Horehound, in 2009, followed by 2010's Sea Of Cowards. The latter peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard 200.

Released in April, Blunderbuss was produced by White and released on his own label, Third Man Records. The album features 13 tracks, 12 of which were written by White and a cover of Rudy Toombs' "I'm Shakin'." The album peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. White is currently on tour throughout the United States and UK, with dates scheduled through November.