Jack White's two-song performance as musical guest on this weekend’s "Saturday Night Live" gave us all another glimpse of just how talented and versatile the former White Stripes front man truly is.
He’s traded in the signature red and white for a black and white suit, and the all-female six-piece band that backed him on "Love Interruption" was so tight that you hope that this will be his touring band (and that he'll start yet another post-White Stripes duo project with Autolux drummer Carla Azar, whose drumming was nothing short of phenomenal).
The SNL performance further proved why Jack White remains a man among boys in the world of rock music, assured in his own voice, in his entire aesthetic, dedicated to creating rock 'n' roll with guitars, bass, drums and whatever else strikes his fancy.
The second performance, "Sixteen Saltines," is another classic Jack White garage rocker with a monster riff, booming drum-and-organ call-and-response, a floor full of guitar effects pedals, a weird psychedelic bridge and the kind of rock urgency that only a select few, if any, can deliver. The song featured an entirely different band, all males, with instrumentation including violin and mandolin -- though they were hard to decipher from the guitar tantrum.
Both songs are taken from his forthcoming solo album Blunderbuss, which comes out April 24 through his Third Man Records label. If you are like me, you will be counting down the days until Blunderbuss is released. In the meantime, at least we have these two new tracks to enjoy.