Video: Jack White couldn’t have made new album “Blunderbuss” without producing Wanda Jackson’s album
Jack White says he couldn’t have made his solo debut album “Blunderbuss” if he hadn’t previously worked with Oklahoma rockabilly icon Wanda Jackson on her 2011 album on his Third Man Records label.
In a recent interview with NPR, the singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/rock standard bearer talks about the crafting of “Blunderbuss,” including the importance of his learning experience on Jackson’s “The Party Ain’t Over,” one of my favorite albums of last year.
“I’m just learning as a producer and orchestrator, I guess in the last couple of years because of all the records I’ve done on Third Man, it’s turned me into an orchestrator. … Like say Wanda Jackson’s record, we had like 12 people in a room together playing live. I sort of thought I had done that before. I’d never really done that, where I go out into a room and say, ‘OK, the horns don’t come in until this section, you guys harmonize with the clarinet, and the fiddle comes in at the intro.’ I’m like, ‘You know, I’ve never actually done this with a band, where I’m actually telling them what notes to play and how to harmonize,’” White says.
“So without those 45′s and that Wanda record, I clearly couldn’t have done this record of mine.”
White’s NPR interview is quite interesting; the part where he talks about working on Wanda Jackson’s record begins at about 5:45.