Published Jan 07, 2010Perhaps one of the busiest men in rock'n'roll, Jack White is in more bands than he knows what to do with. Besides fronting the White Stripes, the Detroit-based guitarist also jams with the Raconteurs and the Dead Weather, and runs the Third Man Records imprint. With so much on the table, there are a lot of potential projects on the go for 2010. In a recent interview, however, White gave more hints that he may soon embark on his first solo album.
Speaking with Rolling Stone, White said he had no concrete plans at the moment. "It would be a mistake for me to premeditate anything, even in the next six months, to say what I'm going to do," he said. "I honestly could be working on a White Stripes in the next two weeks. I have no idea if that is going to happen. And the same with Dead Weather. I'd rather live like this without a calendar in front of me."
Still, White says his long-rumoured solo album is definitely a possibility in the coming year. When it does happen, White says he'll probably play all the instruments on the album. "I've never done that. I thought about that," he said. "That might be the challenge - to differentiate from anything else that I've done. I've been so involved in the other projects, and I've produced them. I'd rather call it directing, you know. It seems like I've directed those albums rather than produced them. That would be the thing for me to do... think about a solo record. I wouldn't know until I get there."
White is also preparing a unique business model for his Third Man Records studio and label. "I want to see what can happen out of this record label, and working from singles, producing singles," he says. "If people are even thinking that the idea of an album is dying, that people can come to Nashville, I'll produce a song with them and have it on vinyl within two or three weeks - and on MP3 as well."
Also, if you're signed up to Third Man's Vault subscription service, you'll be pleased to know you'll soon get your hands on a new Dead Weather single featuring the songs "No Horse" and "Jawbreaker." After that, get ready for the White-produced covers of Amy Winehouse's "You Know I'm No Good" and Johnny Kidd and the Pirates' "Shakin' All Over," both of which Wanda "Queen of Rockabilly" Jackson has recorded for an upcoming Vault double LP.