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Raconteurs to Provide R’n’R Aid with Help Us Stranger

The Raconteurs have announced their eagerly-anticipated third album Help Us Stranger will be out on June 21st, 2019.

The Nashville, Tennessee-based supergroup first teased new music a few months ago in the form of songs “Sunday Driver” and “Now That You’re Gone”. Only 10+ years in the making, NBD. The Joshua V. Smith-engineered, Vance Powell-mixed LP will feature both tracks plus ten others including a cover of the somewhat obscure but awesomely appropriate “Hey Gyp (Dig the Slowness)” by folky Scottish singer Donovan.

Preorders are now happening through band member Jack White’s Third Man Records. Help Us Stranger is being bundled as a Vault Package with electric green/black/copper swirled vinyl in addition to an exclusive lenticular cover. Trippy, huh?

The Raconteurs will make their triumphant live return on Saturday, April 6th as part of Third Man Records’ ten year commemoration since opening their doors in Music City. Starring White, Brendan Benson, Patrick Keeler and “Little Jack” Lawrence, the band is headlining TMRx10 that will also see sets from Detroit garage-rock alumni the Soledad Brothers, the Dirtbombs, Detroit Cobras as well as the Gories. From there it’s immediately on to New Zealand, Australia, Japan and then Europe before returning stateside in time for Woodstock 50 in August (and hopefully some Canadian dates).

As a bit of a warm-up to what’s going to be a busy year, White reunited the Dowhaters for Loretta Lynn’s 87th birthday hoedown in Nashville on April 1st. No foolin’! The Dowhaters were who backed up the Coal Miner’s Daughter on her 2004 Grammy Award-winning album Van Lear Rose, reprising the generation-bending “Portland, Oregon” with an 8-month pregnant Margo Price!

Gilles LeBlanc

Gilles LeBlanc literally fell into “alternative rock” wayyy back at Lollapalooza 1992, where he got caught in his first mosh pit watching some band named Pearl Jam. Since then, he’s spent the better part of his life looking for music to match the liberating rush he felt that day, with a particular chest-beating emphasis on stuff coming out of his native Canada. It took him awhile, but Gilles now writes feverishly about all things that rock (and or roll) through his ROCKthusiast alter ego.

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