Fresh from taking home a pair of Grammys for his work on Loretta Lynn’s Van Lear Rose (and rocking a super-skeevy moustache at the ceremony), Jack White told MTV News that he was itching to get back to Detroit and get busy on a new White Stripes record.
“I’m going home to record in a couple of days,” White laughed. “And it should be done pretty quick.”
While details on the White Stripes’ fifth LP are scarce — the band’s publicist didn’t even know what White was talking about — it can be assumed that White will record it at the same breakneck pace that he made 2003’s Elephant, and Lynn’s album too. Plus, he’s already been making an album with Detroit buddy Brendan Benson (see “Jack White’s Found A New Loretta: And It’s A Guy Named Brendan Benson” ). So working on the quick is just part of his nature.
“I’ve done it [this way] for a long time, in my attic and out of my house, making 45s for bands. When bands would come to town, they’d stay at my house and we’d cut an album. [We’d do the same thing with] local Detroit bands,” White said. “I’ve been doing it for as long as I’ve been writing, and for as long as I’ve had bands, I’ve been recording. I never knew too much about the technical side, I just wanted to get things on tape that were soulful. And that’s the same thing with [Van Lear Rose]. It was on 8-track, and we did it in 12 days.”
There’s also the matter of recording a follow-up to Lynn’s Rose, which won Grammys for Best Country Album and Best Country Collaboration With Vocals for the tune “Portland Oregon.” While White’s schedule seems pretty booked for the foreseeable future, Lynn hopes the duo can pencil in some studio time in the near future. She’s ready to get back to work with White.
“We haven’t talked too much lately. He’s been working, and I have too,” she said. “We will try to do some songs together pretty soon. I would like to get with him and write some stuff for my new album.”
To which White smiled and replied, “Yes, ma’am.”