Jack White – “I’m Shakin’”

Jack White’s blistering cover of Little Willie John’s song “I’m Shakin” brings blues-rock to a whole new audience. White’s covers are unique in his ability to recreate old material while still maintaining his own signature style and sound. His innovativeness with taking vintage styles and turning them into post-modern blues-rock magic gives his music a more fresh and mainstream appeal.

At 19 years old White first joined the Detroit band Goober & The Peas as their drummer. Though today he is more known for his guitar playing, Rolling Stone ranked him 70 in their list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. White has an extensive custom-made and vintage guitar collection, many of his guitars have associations to legendary blues artists. He was heavily influenced by Delta blues masters such as Son House, Robert Johnson and Blind Willie Mctell.

“I dabbled in things like Howlin’ Wolf, Cream and Led Zeppelin, but when I heard Son House and Robert Johnson, it blew my mind. It was something I’d been missing my whole life. That music made me discard everything else and just get down to the soul and honesty of the blues.” Jack White

After meeting ex-wife Meg White in 1997 the two married and formed the blues and garage-rock band The White Stripes, it was with this band that White first gained popularity. “With the White Stripes, we were trying to trick people into not realizing we were playing the blues. We did not want to come off like white kids trying to play black music from 100 years ago so a great way to distract them was by dressing in red, white and black.” he said. The White Stripes disbanded and Jack formed The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather before embarking on his successful solo career.

“I’m Shakin’” was released as a single off White’s 2012 Gold status album Blunderbuss, produced at White’s Third Man Studio in Nashville, Tennessee. Most songs on the album were recorded to 8-track analog tape, White strongly preferring analog to digital. Blunderbuss was his first solo album and first record to debut at number 1 on the US Billboard Chart. The album was nominated for several Grammys, including Album of the Year.

 

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