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Watch The Raconteurs Perform “Help Me Stranger” on “Colbert” and Stream the New Album

Help Us Stranger Out Now via Third Man

Jun 21, 2019
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The Raconteurs have released a new album, Help Us Stranger, today via Third Man. Last night the band stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to perform the album's near title track "Help Me Stranger." The performance opened with a spoken word bit from Colbert and then the band performed on a set that included large picture frames. Watch it below (and tune into Colbert tonight, as the band will be performing again). Also, now that the album is out, you can stream the whole thing below. Also below are their upcoming tour dates.

Help Us Stranger is their first new album in 11 years, since their 2008-released second album, Consolers of the Lonely. No new music accompanied the album announcement, but it includes remixed and remastered versions of two songs the band shared back in December: "Sunday Driver" and "Now That You're Gone." Then they later shared another track from the album, a cover of Donovan's 1965 song "Hey Gyp (Dig the Slowness)." Then they shared the album's near title track "Help Me Stranger," via a video for the track filmed in Japan (it was one of our Songs of the Week). Then they shared another song from the album, "Bored and Razed," via a lyric video for the track.

The band features Jack White, Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence, and Patrick Keeler. The Raconteurs formed in 2005 and released their debut album, Broken Boy Soldiers, in 2006. Lawrence and Keeler were also in The Greenhornes and Lawrence has also played with White in The Dead Weather. Benson is known as a solo artist and of course so is White, who released a new solo album, Boarding House Reach, in 2018 via Third Man and Columbia. The band is known as The Saboteurs in Australia, due to another band down under named The Raconteurs.

White and Benson wrote all the tracks, except for "Hey Gyp (Dig the Slowness)." The Raconteurs produced the album, which was recorded at Third Man Studio in Nashville, TN, and engineered by Joshua V. Smith. Vance Powell and The Raconteurs mixed the album at Blackbird Studios in Nashville. The album also features keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist Dean Fertita (The Dead Weather, Queens of the Stone Age), as well as Lillie Mae Rische and her sister Scarlett Rische.

A special Third Man Vault edition of the album will include the album on 180-gram marble vinyl and a 7-inch featuring early demo recordings of "Help Me Stranger" and "Somedays (I Don't Feel Like Trying)," as well as a Raconteurs bandana designed by Keeler and an exclusive Raconteurs slip mat. 

The Raconteurs Tour Dates:

July 4: Belly Up Tavern - Aspen, CO
July 5: Belly Up Tavern - Aspen, CO
July 12: Masonic Temple Theatre - Detroit, MI (SOLD OUT) @
July 13: Masonic Temple Theatre - Detroit, MI $
July 14: Eagles Ballroom - Milwaukee, WI #
July 15: Armory - Minneapolis, MN #
July 18: WaMu Theater at CenturyLink Field Events Center - Seattle, WA #
July 19: Queen Elizabeth Theatre - Vancouver, BC (SOLD OUT) #
July 20: Queen Elizabeth Theatre - Vancouver, BC #
July 21: Edgefield - Troutdale, OR (SOLD OUT) #
July 23: Fox Theater - Oakland, CA (SOLD OUT) #
July 24: Fox Theater - Oakland, CA
July 26: Greek Theatre - Los Angeles, CA #
July 27: Santa Barbara Bowl - Santa Barbara, CA
July 28: Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre - San Diego, CA
August 10: Railbird Festival - Lexington, KY *
August 11: Knoxville Civic Auditorium - Knoxville, TN
August 12: Egyptian Room at Old National Centre - Indianapolis, IN (SOLD OUT)
August 13: Stage AE (Indoors) - Pittsburgh, PA
August 15: Agora Theatre - Cleveland, OH (SOLD OUT)
August 17: The Anthem - Washington, DC
August 18: The Fillmore Charlotte - Charlotte, NC (SOLD OUT)
August 20: Township Auditorium - Columbia, SC
August 21: Tabernacle - Atlanta, GA
August 22: Tabernacle - Atlanta, GA
August 29: Ryman Auditorium - Nashville, TN (SOLD OUT) %
August 30: Ryman Auditorium - Nashville, TN (SOLD OUT) %
August 31: Ryman Auditorium - Nashville, TN (SOLD OUT) %
September 3: Red Hat Amphitheater - Raleigh, NC %
September 5: Hammerstein Ballroom - New York, NY %
September 6: Hammerstein Ballroom - New York, NY (SOLD OUT) %
September 7: Kings Theatre - Brooklyn, NY (SOLD OUT) %
September 9: House of Blues - Boston, MA (SOLD OUT) %
September 10: House of Blues - Boston, MA %
September 12: Sony Centre for the Performing Arts - Toronto, ON (SOLD OUT) %
September 13: Express Live! Indoor Pavilion - Columbus, OH %
September 13-15: Riot Fest - Chicago, IL *
October 4-6: Austin City Limits Music Festival - Austin, TX *
October 9: Denver, CO - The Mission Ballroom (SOLD OUT)
October 11-13: Austin City Limits Music Festival - Austin, TX *
October 12: The Criterion - Oklahoma City, OK ^
October 13: Cain's Ballroom - Tulsa, OK (SOLD OUT) ^
October 14: Cain's Ballroom - Tulsa, OK (SOLD OUT) ^
October 16: Cain's Ballroom - Tulsa, OK ^
October 17: Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland - Kansas City, MO (SOLD OUT) ^
October 18: The Pageant - St. Louis, MO (SOLD OUT) ^
November 13: Teatro Colisea - Santiago, Chile
November 15: Popload Festival - São Paulo, Brazil *
November 16-17: Corona Capital - Mexico City, Mexico *

@ WITH THE PURE HEART TRAVELERS & NIKKI D AND SISTERS OF THUNDER
$ WITH THE HENTCHMEN & THE STOOLS
# WITH LILLIE MAE
% WITH OLIVIA JEAN
^ WITH THE CASUALITIES OF JAZZ
* FESTIVAL PERFORMANCE

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