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The Raconteurs Share Cover of Donovan’s “Hey Gyp (Dig the Slowness)”

Help Us Stranger Due Out June 21 via Third Man

Apr 10, 2019 The Raconteurs
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The Raconteurs are releasing a new album, Help Us Stranger, on June 21 via Third Man. Now, in honor of Third Man joining Bandcamp, the band have shared another track from the album, a cover of Donovan’s 1965 song “Hey Gyp (Dig the Slowness).” Check it out below, followed by Donovan’s original and the band’s 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.”

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),” which is a Donovan cover. 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:

April 16: Powerstation - Auckland, New Zealand (SOLD OUT)
April 18: Regent Theatre - Melbourne, Australia (SOLD OUT)
April 20: Big Top Sydney - Sydney, Australia
April 22: Bluesfest Byron Bay - Byron Bay, Australia *
April 24: Akasaka Blitz - Tokyo, Japan
April 25: Akasaka Blitz - Tokyo, Japan
May 25: All Points East - London, UK *
May 26: L’Olympia - Paris, France (SOLD OUT)
May 27: Cirque Royal - Brussels, Belgium (SOLD OUT)
May 28: E-Werk - Köln, Germany
May 30: Verti Music Hall - Berlin, Germany
May 31: Heartland Festival - Kværndrup, Denmark *
June 1: Orange Warsaw Festival - Warsaw, Poland *
June 2: Best Kept Secret Festival - Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands *
July 12: 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
July 21: Edgefield - Troutdale, OR
July 23: 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
August 13: Stage AE (Indoors) - Pittsburgh, PA
August 15: Agora Theatre - Cleveland, OH
August 16: Woodstock 50 - Watkins Glen, NY *
August 17: The Anthem - Washington, DC
August 18: The Fillmore Charlotte - Charlotte, NC
August 20: Township Auditorium - Columbia, SC
August 21: Tabernacle - Atlanta, GA
August 22: Tabernacle - Atlanta, GA
August 29: Ryman Auditorium - Nashville, TN
August 30: Ryman Auditorium - Nashville, TN
September 3: Red Hat Amphitheater - Raleigh, NC
September 6: Hammerstein Ballroom - New York, NY
September 7: Kings Theatre - Brooklyn, NY
September 9: House of Blues - Boston, MA
September 12: Sony Centre for the Performing Arts - Toronto, ON
September 13: Express Live! Indoor Pavilion - Columbus, OH
October 12: The Criterion - Oklahoma City, OK
October 13: Cain’s Ballroom - Tulsa, OK
October 14: Cain’s Ballroom - Tulsa, OK
October 17: Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland - Kansas City, MO
October 18: The Pageant - St. Louis, MO

* denotes festival performance

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gravity magazine
April 12th 2019

Always good to see some new stuff from Jack White