The Raconteurs -- One of Jack White's many projects (Updated January 17, 2013)
We've seen Jack White before in The White Stripes, but he also fronts a band comprised of four members pulled together from other projects. There's White, Brendan Benson on vocals, and the Greenhornes' drummer Patrick Keeler and bassist Jack Lawrence. Together they are known as The Raconteurs, and in Australia they are called The Saboteurs. But by any name, they are a collective group of talented musicians based in Nashville, Tennessee.
The song "Steady as She Goes" was the catalyst for The Raconteurs' formation. Penned by Benson and White, the duo became a full-fledged band after recruiting Keeler and Lawrence. They worked around other projects, recording their debut album, "Broken Boy Soldiers," over the span of a year. It was released in early 2006, and near nonstop touring followed. In no time at all, the band was playing to large audiences all over Europe and North America.
In between playing high profile festivals like Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo, the Raconteurs cobbled together another batch of songs. It became their sophomore album, "Consolers of the Lonely," released in the spring of 2008. By 2010, though, the future of the band was in doubt since its members were all focused on other things.
In the last few years, the Raconteurs have gotten together to play a limited number of live shows. In April 2012, Third Man Records also released two songs that were originally supposed to appear on the band's second album: "Open Your Eyes" and "You Make a Fool Out of Me." They currently have no other tour dates scheduled.
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