Jack White, Dan Rather, a Girl, and a Bar

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The incomparable Jack White is always up to something and this week is no different. Friday, September 12th, he debuted a new music video for the song “Would You Fight for My Love” off his latest album Lazaretto, which is set in a Denver bar, and tomorrow his wide-ranging segment on The Big Interview with dapper Dan Rather will premiere on AXS TV at 8pm EST. As for the girl – check out session musician and multi-instrumentalist Olivia Jean’s debut solo LP due to drop via Third Man Records on October 14th.

The music video opens like a retro nickelodeon flick, and features lone wolf Jack White fidgeting with a glass of whiskey in a bar swathed in blue while casting sideways glances at a woman selecting a song on a Jukebox. “It’s not enough that I love you / There’s all these things I have to prove to you,” he sings whiningly, while furtively looking at the camera with puppydog eyes.  White and the mysterious woman in black (who looks suspiciously like Olivia Jean) never manage to lock eyes. White said in a statement that the video was “conceptualized, produced and shot within a 24-hour period,” and the entire bar scene was shot within six hours at the Cruise Room of the Oxford Hotel in Denver, Colorado. This incredible time-crunch pressure is a known behavioural habit of White’s, as he has admitted in the past that he’s always imposing restrictions on himself in order to produce what he wants done. Many of the extras in the video nursing their bevies are musicians who have recorded and toured with White, including musician-photographer, Scout Pare-Philips and violinist Lillie Mae. Alas, White and his lady love go their separate ways, leaving White raging in front of the Jukebox and gazing longingly into the camera.

Tomorrow, White will be featured on The Big Interview with Dan Rather, showing the iconic reporter around Third Man Records, looking at White’s guitars, and unexpectedly singing a Hank Williams cover. In an exclusive preview clip of the interview on Rolling Stone, White talks about the reasons behind his decision to relocate from Detroit and set up shop in Nashville – just one of the many topics the interview promises to cover.  If you can’t watch on Tuesday, it will be aired again on Wednesday, September 17th at 9:30pm EST, Thursday the 18th at 7pm EST, Friday the 19th at 9:30pm EST again, and finally Sunday 21st at 10am EST. Meanwhile White continues his world tour this fall, playing the Farm Aid Festival in Raleigh, NC this past Saturday, September 13th most recently and has his last show scheduled for November 19th at London’s O2 Arena for now.

Olivia Jean is a veteran session player to the Nashville scene, having performed and recorded with Wanda Jackson, Karen Elson (White’s ex-wife), and White himself. She is often recognized as the singer and guitarist of The Black Belles, a quartet of bewitching rock ‘n’ roll women assembled by White that received a lot of attention really quickly before the band quietly dissipated. Since then, she’s been working on her debut solo album Bathtub Love Killings, on which Jean plays multiple instruments, and which will be produced by White (naturally).  Her first single off the album, “Reminisce” was released today, which you can listen to on SoundCloud. Despite the dark title, the song is a groovy, garage rock style tune, reminiscent (no pun intended) of rocker chicks of the 60’s. The non-LP “B-side” of this single is a rollicking cover of “Toot Toot Tootsie” originally recorded by Eddie Cantor and made famous by Al Jolson in the 1972 film, Jazz Singer, the first feature-length “talkie” that lead to the decline of the silent movie era. As with many a Third Man Record, a limited edition lavender-colored vinyl of Bathtub Love Killings will be released as well as standard LP, CD, and digital editions.

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