Jack White hasn’t exactly been living life outside the public eye since announcing the end of the White Stripes last year, making records with everyone from Tom Jones to the Insane Clown Posse and appearing on a (really pretty excellent) episode of “American Pickers,” to name just a few of his endeavors.
And on April 24, he’ll officially add “solo artist” to that résumé, with the release of Blunderbuss, the first album to bear his name — and his name only. And while we suppose the move was inevitable, according to White, he never really had any plans to go solo. In fact, Blunderbuss, the first album basically began life as a happy accident.
“I didn’t really even think of recording under my own name for a long time,” White told BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe on Monday. “A few months ago, we had a session booked and someone didn’t show up. So I said, ’I guess we’ll do some of my songs’ … It kick-started the whole process.”
In further kick-startery, White has also premiered the first song from the album, “Love Interruption” on his brand-new official site. A smoky, sumptuous mix of winsome Wurlitzer, acoustic guitar (and maybe a clarinet?), the song sees White harmonizing with Nashville singer Ruby Amanfu and lamenting over the power and promise of love. Yes, it is pretty great.
Fans can download “Interruption” now, and it will be available on 7-inch (of course) on February 7. Blunderbuss will be released through White’s own Third Man Records, in conjunction with Columbia, and will reportedly feature contributions from the likes of Seasick Steve and Chris Thile, formerly of Nickel Creek.
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