Jack White has taken folk-flavoured chanteuse Laura Marling under his wing.
The 20-year-old singer-songwriter stopped by White’s Nashville studio while on tour to lay down a single for the White Stripes rocker’s Third Man record label. “Somebody turned me onto her a few months back,” the Stripes’ maestro told the BBC’s Newsbeat of the Hampshire-born performer. “If people are coming through town I try to catch up with them and ask them if they want to come by before their show and record something.”
The sessions went well, according to White. “It was perfect — one take,” he said. “She’s gorgeous. Gorgeous voice and an incredible person. A wonderful girl.” The as-yet-untitled tune will be released at some point on seven-inch vinyl as part of Third Man’s ‘Blue Series.’ Other groups to record White-produced, one-off Blue Series cuts include rockabilly legend Wanda Jackson, all-girl garage quartet Black Belles and retro rocker Dan Sartain.
Meanwhile. it seems the Dead Weather’s upcoming European and North American dates are the only action currently penciled in on White’s personal musical calendar. The singer-guitarist’s Alison Mosshart collaboration has a couple of remaining club shows and festival slots scheduled on this side of the Atlantic plus a short US tour planned for July, but he apparently has “nothing planned with the Raconteurs or the White Stripes.”