Almost a month after the surprising break-up of the White Stripes, Jack White has announced that he will never form another band. From here on out White will keep his musical focus on The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather and whatever solo work he develops.
“I won’t join another band again,” White told Q magazine. “Three’s enough for one lifetime. If I can’t say it in any of these bands, then I’ll say it by myself.”
We didn’t even mention White’s record label – Third Man – and producing albums for folks like Loretta Lynn and Wanda Jackson. So clearly the guy has his plate full.
White also works with a variety of other artists, like Alicia Keys and Jay-Z. He’s expected to appear on Danger Mouse’s new Rome album, which is scheduled for release on May 17.
He also handled producer duties for the solo debut of his wife, British supermodel Karen Elson. The album, The Ghost Who Walks, was recorded at White’s Third Man Studios in Nashville.
It was a break from the White Stripes in 2005 when White formed the Raconteurs with Brendan Benson and The Greenhorne’s Patrick Keeler and Jack Lawrence; they’ve since released two studio albums, Broken Boy Soldiers and Consolers Of The Lonely. He has also released two records with the Dead Weather, which began in 2009 with Alison Mosshart of the Kills, Keeler from the Raconteurs and Dean Fertita of Queens of the Stone Age.
There has long been chatter about a proper Jack White solo album. Back in ’09 he released the solo single “Fly Farm Blues,” which many thought was the precursor to a complete album. With the White Stripes on the shelf, one would imagine a solo project gets bumped up high on the priority list for White, one of the hardest working men in the rock n’ roll business.