They say the darkest hour is right before the dawn
They say the darkest hour is right before the dawn
But you wouldn’t know it by me
Every day’s been darkness since you been gone
~Bob Dylan (Meet Me In The Morning)
Certainly “Meet Me In The Morning”…. +
~Buddy Cage (when asked by Robbie Bossert in an interview about his best performance)
Jack White (né Gillis), often credited as Jack White III, singer, songwriter, record producer, multi-instrumentalist and occasional actor. He was best known as the guitarist, pianist and lead vocalist of The White Stripes until they split in February 2011, as well as a member of The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather. He has recorded two albums as a solo artist, Blunderbuss (number 4 on our year-end list 2012) and this year’s wonderful, Lazaretto.
“Blues singers and people who are singing on stage have the same feelings and emotions that someone who is called to be a priest might have.” – Jack White
Music is Jack White’s calling, it is his mission in life, and we at JV are regulars when he preaches. Jack White is a musical genius. He’s a rock auteur. You can hear “his voice” on everything he’s involved in. That is a good thing, and his solo albums really shines.
Video of the day: Jack White at Fargo Theatre, ND April 26 2015 (full show)
Jack White finished his 5 concert long tour, all acoustic, with a final show in North Dakota April 26. The whole show is now on YouTube, this is a real treat! This show is the final one on a tour where White visited 5 states he hadn’t played in before.
“He’s very good at making sure you don’t know him.” – Jack White(laughing) on his friendship with Bob Dylan (To Rolling Stone Magazine)
Earlier this year Bob Dylan was honored at a tribute concert to benefit MusiCares. The lineup featured Jack White, Beck, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Willie Nelson, and many others. Jack White played One More Cup Of Coffee, a song he also did with The White Stripes some years ago.
The real connection between these to artists is of course their love of music, the love of blues and country music. Are there other similarities? The pencil-thin mustache, Jack White versus Jack Frost and the cool hats and canes. I read somewhere that Jack White once said he has three dads: his biological father, God and Bob Dylan. Dylan was the first concert he ever saw — he says he had seat No. 666 — and he shares with his hero a love for manipulating and obscuring his own persona.
I know that the first concert I went to when I was ten years old was Bob Dylan, and I really wanted him to play ‘Blowin’ In The Wind’ – but he didn’t play it. I wasn’t upset. I kind of thought it was cool he didn’t when I was ten years old. – Jack White (to The Observer)
White has done many Bob Dylan songs , especially with White Stripes , I will put those I can find into this post.
Let’s start with a fantastic version of Love Sick done by The White Stripes:
How did you first strike up a friendship with Bob Dylan? That was just by accident. I went and saw him play in Detroit and he said to me, “We’ve been playing one of your songs lately at sound checks.” I thought, Wow. I was afraid to ask which one. I didn’t even ask. It was just such an honor to hear that. Later on, I remember I went home and I called back. I said, “Can I talk to the bass player?” I called the theater. I was like, “Did Bob mean that he wanted me to play tonight? ‘Cause he said some things that I thought maybe – maybe I misconstrued. Was he meaning that he wanted me to play with him tonight? I don’t want to be rude and pretend that I didn’t hear or something like that.” So turned out yeah, we played together that night. He said yeah, come on, let’s play something, and we played “Ball and Biscuit,” one of my songs. It’s not lost on me that he played one of my songs, not the other way around. – Jack White to the Speakeasy (WSJ)
This happened in Detroit, Michigan at the State Theater (March 17, 2004)and you can listen to it here Jack White played with Dylan on at least three of Bob Dylan’s tunes, for two nights in a row.
“I still say that some of the biggest criminals are those that turn their heads away when they see wrong and know it’s wrong. I’m only 21 years old and I know that there’s been too many wars… You people over 21 should know better. The first way to answer these questions in the song is by asking them. But lots of people have to first find the wind.”
~Bob Dylan (The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan Liner Notes – 1963)
Happy 39th Birthday Jack White (read more) Jack White (born John AnthonyGillis; July 9, 1975) is an American musician, singer-songwriter, record producer, multi-instrumentalist, designer, director, writer, and actor. On April 24, 2012, White released his debut solo album,Blunderbuss, which received wide critical acclaim. His second studio album, Lazaretto, was released on June 10, 2014.Also check out:
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