Jack White

Jack White of the White Stripes and Raconteurs performs in support of his solo LP Blunderbuss.

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EPISODE SETLIST

Freedom at 21
Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground
Missing Pieces
Cannon/John the Revelator
You Know That I Know
Blunderbuss
Love Interruption
Hypocritical Kiss
Screwdriver/Blue Blood Blues
I'm Slowly Turning Into You
Top Yourself
We're Going to Be Friends

BAND CREDITS

Jack White
with
The Buzzards:
Daru Jones - drums
Dominic Davis - bass
Fats Kaplin - pedal steel, fiddle
Cory Younts - mandolin, harmonica, background vocals
Ikey Owens - keyboards
and
The Peacocks:
Carla Azar - drums
Catherine Popper - bass
Maggie Björklund - pedal steel
Lillie Mae Rische - fiddle
Ruby Amanfu - background vocals, percussion
Brooke Waggoner - keyboards

PHOTOS

EPISODE RECAP

As a bandleader, Jack White has visited the Austin City Limits studio before, ripping it up with the Raconteurs back in 2006. Now Jack White returns to our stage as a solo artist to demonstrate exactly why he’s one of today’s most exciting musicians.

Ever the risk-taker, White hits the stage bathed in blue light and accompanied by not one but two bands. Working without a net, White eschews a set list and draws from nearly every project of his prolific career. So this episode treats you to some White Stripes (“I’m Slowly Turning Into You,” “We’re Going to Be Friends,” “Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground”), a little Raconteurs (“Top Yourself”), a pinch of Dead Weather (“Blue Blood Blues”), a blues cover (Blind Willie Johnson’s “John the Revelator”) and White’s contribution (“You Know That I Know”) to The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams, a collection of Williams lyrics set to music by contemporary songwriters.

Of course, much of the show is dedicated to songs from Blunderbuss, White’s much-acclaimed solo debut. Watch him burn through “Freedom at 21” and “Missing Pieces” with his all-male group the Buzzards, then blaze through “Hypocritical Kiss” and “Love Interruption” with his all-female band the Peacocks. The mostly acoustic title tune serves as the transition point, as Buzzards give way to Peacocks before the guitars finish feeding back and “Love Interruption” begins.

Jack White “Blunderbuss” from Austin City Limits on Vimeo.

White is already riding high, as Blunderbuss garners Grammy nods and appears on numerous year-end top 10 lists. Now he’s got one more reason to celebrate: a landmark episode of Austin City Limits. See more about the show here, then check your local PBS listings to find out when to tune in to see for yourself. Next week: the ACL debut of Rodrigo y Gabriela.

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