Sure, this is a song any White Stripes fan has heard a million times. It’s originally the opening salvo from their breakout album White Blood Cells, and happens to be a personal favorite. The simplicity and longing of the lyrics combine with the guitar crunch to give you a satisfying song that rocks, but definitely wears its heart on its sleeve. Since going solo, Jack has taken songs from across his expansive back catalogue and revamped it with either one of his two backing bands: the all-female Peacocks or the all-male Buzzards. Take a listen to this Stripes classic with the added woman’s touch of the incredible Peacocks:
Jack White’s “Dead Leaves & The Dirty Ground” (Live at Third Man Records)
The two most noticeable additions in this live version are the sultry vocals of Ruby Amanfu and the twang of a fiddle, adding extra emotion and texture to Jack’s driving guitar lines. This version is from a vinyl-only release titled Jack White: Live At Third Man Records, recorded around the debut of his solo album, performed in his home venue and available only to members of his record club, The Vault. That’s only way to get this great recording, but if you catch him live you’ll be almost certain to hear this classic song given a new lease on life thanks to Mr. White’s cracking live band.
Jarad Matula | Senior Writer