DSP Shows + Higher Ground presents
Sun · May 27, 2018
Doors: 5:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pmBrewery Ommegang
Advance Tickets: $59.50
This event is all ages
PLEASE NOTE: this is a PHONE-FREE show. No photos, or recording devices allowed. We think you’ll enjoy looking up from your gadgets & experience music and our shared love of it IN PERSON. Upon arrival, all phones and other gizmos will be secured in a Yondr pouch that'll be unlocked at the end of the show. You keep your secured phone on you during the show &, if needed, can unlock your phone at any time in a Yondr Phone Zone located in the lobby or concourse. Looking to do some social media postings? Let us help you with that. Our tour photographer will post photos and videos after the show at jackwhiteiii.com and the new Jack White Live Instagram account @officialjackwhitelive. Repost these as much as you want & enjoy a phone-free, 100% human experience.
Every online ticket purchased includes a physical copy of the forthcoming Jack White album, Boarding House Reach. A separate email will be sent with instructions on how to redeem.https://www.dspshows.com/event/1626967/
Boarding House Reach sees the 12-time Grammy-winning White expanding his musical palate with perhaps his most ambitious work thus far, a collection of songs that are simultaneously timeless and modern. Written and conceived while holed up in a spartan apartment with literally no outside world distractions, White exclusively used the same kind of gear he had when he was 15 years old (a quarter-inch four-track tape recorder, a simple mixer, and the most basic of instrumentation). The album explores a remarkable range of sonic terrain -- crunching rock 'n' roll, electro and hard funk, proto punk, hip hop, gospel blues, and even country -- all remapped and born anew to fit White's matchless vision and sense of restless experimentation. Boarding House Reach is a testament to the breadth of Jack White's creative power and his bold artistic ambition.
Boarding House Reach features White on vocals, acoustic and electric guitars and drums, organ, and synthesizers. He's backed by a remarkable new lineup of musicians that includes: drummer Louis Cato (Beyoncé, Q-Tip, John Legend, Mariah Carey), bassists Charlotte Kemp Muhl (The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger) and NeonPhoenix (Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z), synthesizer players DJ Harrison and Anthony "Brew" Brewster (Fishbone, The Untouchables), keyboardists Neal Evans (Soulive, Talib Kweli, John Scofield) and Quincy McCrary (Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Pitbull), percussionists Bobby Allende (David Byrne, Marc Anthony) and Justin Porée (Ozomatli), and backing vocalists Esther Rose and Ann & Regina McCrary of Nashville's beloved gospel trio, The McCrary Sisters, as well as longtime collaborators like drummers Daru Jones (Nas, Talib Kweli) and Carla Azar (Autolux, Depeche Mode, Doyle Bramhall II). Singer-songwriter C.W. Stoneking also appears, contributing a stirring spoken word performance to the album's "Abulia and Akrasia."
Born the youngest of 10 children, raised in Southwest Detroit and a resident of Nashville since 2005, Jack White is one of the most prolific and renowned artists of the past two decades.
When the White Stripes started in 1997 no one, least of all White, ever expected that a red, white and black two-piece band would take hold in the mainstream world. The band's self-titled debut and sophomore effort De Stijl amassed critical acclaim and built a passionate underground following, but it was the release of 2001’s White Blood Cells that thrust the White Stripes onto magazine covers as they captivated larger audiences through worldwide touring. “Fell in Love With a Girl” served as the band’s breakthrough hit and its accompanying Michel Gondry Lego clip was chosen by Pitchfork as the #1 music video of the 2000s.
The release of Elephant in 2003 not only cemented the band’s reputation, but also offered the #1 hit single “Seven Nation Army,” which has since been appropriated as arguably the most popular chant in sports stadiums around the world.
In 2004, White teamed up with Loretta Lynn to produce and perform on her Van Lear Rose album, an effort that won GRAMMY Awards for “Best Country Album” and “Best Country Collaboration with Vocals” for the single “Portland, Oregon.” To date, White has won 12 GRAMMYs in eight different categories with 34 career nominations, and was honored with the Producers & Engineers Wing “President’s Merit Award” in 2017.
White formed a "new band of old friends," the Raconteurs, in 2006. Their debut album Broken Boy Soldiers featured the #1 hit single "Steady, As She Goes" and showed a markedly different side of White, one where songwriting, vocal and guitar duties were shared.
In 2009, White returned to his original instrument, the drums, and started The Dead Weather with members of The Kills, Queens of the Stone Age and The Greenhornes. Releasing two albums in two years and unleashing a dark, captivating live show upon curious audiences, The Dead Weather further cemented Jack White’s musical versatility and range. In 2015, the band released their third studio album, Dodge and Burn and garnered a “Best Music Video” Grammy nomination for the single, “I Feel Love (Every Million Miles).”
Also in 2009, White opened the doors to his very own Nashville-based record label, Third Man Records, where he has since produced and released more than 500 records in just over nine years. With a catalogue of releases from artists as varied as Margo Price, U2, Pearl Jam, Neil Young, Lillie Mae, Melvins, Dwight Yoakam, Wolf Eyes, My Bubba, Loretta Lynn, SHIRT, Ennio Morricone, and The Dead Weather, and unimagined vinyl configurations, the label has rightfully earned its reputation as a leader in the vinyl record industry.
On April 24, 2012, White released his debut album Blunderbuss on Third Man Records/Columbia. Blunderbuss debuted at #1 on the U.S. albums chart -- a career first for White -- and was both the top selling vinyl album and the highest charting solo debut of 2012 in the U.S. Blunderbuss also hit #1 in the UK, Canada and Switzerland, and received five GRAMMY nominations, including Album of the Year, Best Rock Album, Best Rock Song for "Freedom at 21," and, the following year, Best Rock Performance and Best Music Video for “I’m Shakin’.”
White released Lazaretto (Third Man Records/Columbia), the follow-up to the gold-certified Blunderbuss, on June 10, 2014. Once again debuting at #1 on the U.S. albums chart and at #1 in Canada and Denmark, Lazaretto not only broke the record for first-week vinyl album sales, selling over 40,000 copies in the U.S., it was also the biggest selling vinyl album of 2014 and, at that time, any year of the SoundScan era with 86,707 copies sold in the U.S. To date, the Lazaretto vinyl ULTRA LP has sold over 210,000 copies worldwide. The album’s title track, “Lazaretto,” won a GRAMMY Award for Best Rock Performance. Lazaretto received two additional GRAMMY nominations for Best Alternative Music Album and Best Rock Song for the title track.
Jack White Acoustic Recordings 1998 – 2016 came out on September 9, 2016 (Third Man/Columbia/XL Recordings). The 26-track double-LP and double-CD features alternate versions, mixes and previously unreleased recordings from The White Stripes, The Raconteurs and solo material all completely re-mastered. Earlier that year, White teamed up with the Muppets for a recording of Stevie Wonder’s “You Are The Sunshine of My Life,” featuring accompaniment from the legendary Muppets house band, Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem, that was featured on that season’s final episode.
In 2017, White continued his work as a producer with Beyoncé, A Tribe Called Quest, Lillie Mae, and The American Epic Sessions featuring Alabama Shakes, Nas, Elton John, Beck, and Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard, among others.
Born in Illinois but raised on the road, Lillie Mae first started singing when she was but three years old, picking up the fiddle at the age of seven. Her dad, Forrest Carter Rische, taught all five of his children to sing and play alongside him in his Forrest Carter Family Band. The family traveled America in an old motor home, busking country, gospel, and bluegrass from the Branson Mall to RV parks in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley. Though they spent most of their time among other well-traveled musicians, the Risches led a cloistered life, intensely religious with boundaries against anything deemed “too worldly.”
With few friends and limited access to the outside world, Lillie Mae and her siblings forged a special bond that remains to this day, a deeply ingrained familial link that fueled their own original musical approach. In 2000, the family was invited by country music legend Cowboy Jack Clement to visit Nashville for an audition. Clement saw tremendous potential in the young musicians, especially the pre-teen Lillie Mae, who he declared “a major voice” at the tender age of nine.
“Cowboy was closer to me than any grandparent I ever had,” she says. “His influence on me is still strong. He always pushed me to play different instruments; he saw how I would pick up everything in the studio. He was a good friend to me and we remained close until he passed away.”
By now all in their teens and beyond, Lillie Mae, brother Frank, and sisters Scarlett, Amber-Dawn, and McKenna Grace, next formed their own group, known around Nashville as simply The Risches. The band’s extraordinary live sets at the famed Lower Broadway honky tonk, Layla’s Bluegrass Inn, made them into local heroes, acclaimed for their electrifying musicianship and groundbreaking bluegrass/country/pop fusion.
Eventually dubbed Jypsi, Lillie Mae and her siblings signed to a major label and in 2008, released their self-titled debut album. The group scored a top 40 country hit with “I Don’t Love You Like That” but their multi-hued Americana proved to be a bit more “far out” than the country world was yet ready to handle.
Lillie Mae continued on, writing original songs inspired by her own uncommon worldview and experience. In 2012, she joined Jack White’s crack touring and recording combo, The Peacocks, playing fiddle and mandolin while also lending vocals to such tracks as “Temporary Ground,” from 2014’s LAZARETTO. The two musicians formed an immediate kinship, both being the youngest children of large families and instrumental polymaths. White was similarly appreciative of Lillie Mae’s songwriting, producing her 2014 Third Man debut single, “Nobody’s” b/w “The Same Eyes.”
Lillie Mae officially set to work recording FOREVER AND THEN SOME at Third Man Studios in March 2016, with White producing and GRAMMY® Award-nominated engineer Joshua V. Smith behind the board. Initially planned as “a trial run” for the album, it quickly became plain that Lillie Mae had come fully armed with chops, ambition, and songs to spare.
“We went in there thinking we would start with three songs,” Lillie Mae says, “see how they turned out. We finished the third song and Jack said, ‘You got another?’ It just became this steady flow from then on. We just kept churning them out.”
Her unique upbringing and lifelong immersion in music has led Lillie Mae to create an authentically original sound all her own. With FOREVER AND THEN SOME, she has forged a kind of Pop Americana, born and raised on country, bluegrass, folk, and blues but imbued with modernist energy and a willingness to push her songs into new shapes and directions. “Honest and True” begins as a heartland heartbreaker but eventually veers into baroque pop terrain while the quirky “Dance To The Beat Of My Own Drum” is as fiercely self-possessed and rhythmic as its title suggests.
“This has been going on my whole life,” Lillie Mae says. “People are always asking me, what kind of music is it? I hear my bluegrass influence and my country influence but there’s some stuff on it, I don’t know where it comes from. It’s probably all my love of melody, of melodies changing, that has to do with where the songs go.”
What binds FOREVER AND THEN SOME is Lillie Mae’s distinctive songcraft, a frank and utterly direct lyrical voice as warm and intuitive as her honeyed vocals themselves. The album’s songs – all penned by Lillie Mae, with arrangement advice and assistance on select tracks by her older sister Scarlett – span much of Lillie Mae’s adult life, exploring “the choices one makes” and what she calls “a string of similar events.”
“There’s not one song on there that’s not true,” she says. “I just jot it down the way I see it. If it didn’t happen, I’m not writing about it. It just doesn’t work like that for me. When a song pushes through, it’s coming through from somewhere and I’ve got to write it down. That’s my obligation. I appreciate it too.”
FOREVER AND THEN SOME features backing throughout by the core combo of Frank Carter Rische on electric and acoustic guitars, Scarlett Rische on mandolin, and the veteran rhythm section of bassist Brian Zonn and drummer Tanner Jacobson, both longtime collaborators with the Risches. Other notables appearing include keyboardist Dean Fertita (The Dead Weather, Queens of the Stone Age), banjo player Ian Craft (The Howlin’ Brothers), and Old Crow Medicine Show pianist Cory Younts, with harmony vocals from McKenna Grace Rische and singer-songwriter Carey Kotsonis. Though all involved make vital contributions, make no mistake, this is very much Lillie Mae’s album.
“I had the luxury of making the record with people I’ve played with most of my life,” she says, “I brought them in because there aren’t any better musicians around that I would rather have play on my record. I was able to really rely on those guys.”
The Third Man sessions continued through October, thanks to Lillie Mae’s abundant songbook as well as her own and her producer’s ever-busy schedules. Lillie Mae admits she would have been perfectly happy to continue, “but Jack finally said, we have a lot of songs to choose from, let’s put a cap on it and call it a day.”
FOREVER AND THEN SOME stands simultaneously as both grounded and adventurous, an indelibly special collection touched by authenticity, resourcefulness, and passion – a passion that shines through in the music itself and Lillie Mae’s live performances. Though she gave her all to craft this remarkable album, Lillie Mae’s greatest pleasure remains performing live alongside her beloved siblings and fellow musicians.
“I’ve been writing these songs my whole life,” Lillie Mae says, “I was blessed with someone that believed in me and gave me the opportunity to record them. Now I’ll get on the road. That’s all I want, I long for it. Touring is where I feel most comfortable in the world. The happiest I could ever be would be to have a gig every day.”
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