Recent rumours of a covers album combining the legendary talents of Neil Young and Jack White have sadly now been debunked by Shakey himself, but an LP of a similar nature is apparently still on the way from Third Man Records.
Earlier today (January 22), Young issued a statement on Facebook concerning last week's reports that he and White were working on a covers LP, which was apparently to feature reimagined takes on tracks from Bob Dylan, Gordon Lightfoot and more, saying that this was simply untrue.
"Neil Young and Jack White are not doing a record of duets as has been erroneously posted on various outlets. We are certain those rumours have no basis in truth," the post reads.
While this will no doubt bum out fans of both musicians, a silver lining has appeared on the Third Man website, which states that a new Young album dubbed A Letter Home is on the way. According to the quick blog post, the album is "an unheard collection of rediscovered songs from the past recorded on ancient electro-mechanical technology" and it "captures and unleashes the essence of something that could have been gone forever."
By the sounds of it then, it could very well still be a covers collection and one recorded at White's Third Man record booth, as initially reported.
Young confirmed the new album with an interview with Rolling Stone, explaining that it would arrive in March and "it's one of the lowest-tech experiences I've ever had."
Though a tracklisting has not yet appeared, it's possible that the aforementioned cover songs are still set to be explored on the effort, just not with Jack White singing alongside Neil Young. More info on the project has yet to arrive.