Jack White’s new album Boarding House Reach will be released on March 23 and he has revealed that among the tracks is a cover with especially distinctive roots. The critically acclaimed singer songwriter revealed to Rolling Stone that on the album he covered historic gangster Al Capone.
White goes on to explain that he purchased a musical manuscript written by Capone during the 1920s while he was imprisoned at Alcatraz. The song called “Humoresque” is Capone’s take on musical piece written by Czech composer Antonin Dvorak. He then elaborates that he was inspired by how a notorious gangster could be motivated by lines like “You thrill and fill this heart of mine, With gladness like a soothing symphony.” White feels that, “Human beings are complicated creatures with lots of emotions going on.”
The Detroit native also revealed that he decided to take a less complicated approach on the new album and that he played Eddie Van Halen’s signature guitar; creating a new sound and form of guitar playing that he has not displayed on previous work. The new album will be the follow up to 2014s Lazaretto and will be the first album that White has pieced together tracks via Pro Tools. The change in the recording process was inspired by legendary comedian and movie star Chris Rock telling White that no one cares how music is made. The entire story, including how White calls The White Stripes a solo project, can be read here.
Boarding House Reach will be White’s third solo album along with Lazaretto and 2012s Blunderbuss. The 42 year old recently revealed that cell phones would be banned from his concerts and he will start his new tour in North America on April 19 in Detroit, Michigan.