Jack White On Bob Dylan Project

Guitarist picked to record Hank Williams song
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Jack White has spoken to ClashMusic about working on Bob Dylan's new tribute to Hank Williams.

Even the greats have heroes. For Bob Dylan, country icon Hank Williams remains an inspiration, a well of savage poetry he can draw on when his creative juices begin to run a little dry.

A few years ago the singer came in contact with a folder of lyrics, which Hank Williams had supposedly left behind. The words to a number of unreleased and unrecorded songs, Bob Dylan proposed to inject new life into the lines.

Similar to the 'Mermaid Avenue' project embarked on by Billy Bragg and Wilco, Bob Dylan began inviting artists to take part.

Jack White has previously confirmed his involvement with the project, and recently spoke to ClashMusic about the exact working process behind resurrecting the lost words of Hank Williams.

"I did a project with Bob Dylan: he put together twenty or twenty-five people to finish writing Hank Williams songs that only had lyrics and didn’t have music - it was the opposite of this project. I did this a year beforehand - I had to write music for Hank Williams’ lyrics" he explained.

"I looked through all the piles of lyrics, and one of ’em just kept speaking to me. Sometimes you think it’s gonna be really hard to find my spot, and then it picks it for you. You don’t even have to choose it; it just picks it for you."

As yet, a full release date for the project is unknown. Typically, Bob Dylan has remained cagey about the full cast list, although Jack White accidentally let slip a few names during an interview with MTV News.

"He did one, asked Willie Nelson to do one, asked me to do one, and I think Lucinda Williams and Alan Jackson are on it too" the Nashville based guitarist explained. "I think it might come out this year. It's a cool record.”

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