Former White Stripes front-man Jack White has just announced the upcoming release of his debut solo album. The album, titled "Blunderbuss", will reportedly be released by White's own Third Man Records on April 24th. While White has released six records with The White Stripes and two each with The Dead Weather and The Raconteurs, this is the first time the legendary blues man has gone solo.
In a statement, White seemed excited at the idea of staying true to his own personal vision.
"[It's] an album I couldn't have released until now. I've put off making records under my own name for a long time but these songs feel like they could only be presented under my name. These songs were written from scratch, had nothing to do with anyone or anything else but my own expression, my own colors on my own canvas."
Jack White officially disbanded The White Stripes earlier this year. Formed in 1997, the duo of White and his sister/ex-wife Meg, first came to national attention with their 2001 album "White Blood Cells" and its blockbuster single "Fell in Love With a Girl". While initially dismissed as a one hit wonder garage rock band, the duo quickly silenced naysayers with the followup, 2003's critically-acclaimed "Elephant". "Get Behind Me Satan", released in 2005, further cemented the group's reputation. In fact, the group's last 4 albums all won Grammy Awards.
Not content with the success of his primary musical outlet, White formed The Raconteurs in 2005 with Detroit singer-songwriter Brendan Benson and members of The Greenhornes. Their debut album, "Broken Boy Soldiers", produced the worldwide smash hit "Steady, as She Goes". Apparently still not content with a pair of successful groups, White formed The Dead Weather with Allison Mosshart of The Kills in 2009. With all this activity, White somehow has also found the time to become a prolific producer, crafting records for everyone from Loretta Lynn to The Insane Clown Posse.
The lead-off single from "Blunderbuss", "Love Interruption", is already streaming on the Third Man Records website, and the single will reportedly reach digital outlets like iTunes and Amazon tomorrow. The 7 inch, available for pre-order now, will feature a non-album cut on the b-side, "Machine Gun Silhouette". The single will be available February 7th.