LOS ANGELES: In what might at first seem an unlikely pairing, Detroit legend Jack White and Kentucky legend Jack Black are finally collaborating to release their first album of original material. The two Jacks independently teased at this news on Twitter all week before finally announcing it concurrently Saturday morning.
The new album will be titled Black and White and is tentatively scheduled for a late spring release, though Jack White himself has denied this, claiming that it will come out “when it’s done.”
Jack Black has taken to Twitter, revealing that he’s been hard at work–even going as far as eschewing Tenacious D bandmate Kyle Gass “for the time being” in order to work on his “more serious guitar chops” in preparation for the recording sessions, which will take place between Memphis and Nashville, respectively.
Jack White even plans to release the release on his very own Third Man Records, with a standard release first, then an authentic “hand-tailored” 1920s-spec limited edition 2-disc box set to follow on black and white vinyl.
As far as Jack White’s opinions on Jack Black, one might be surprised at the humility of a member of rock royalty known for engaging in physical and verbal shenanigans regularly:
I am actually a huge fan of Jack Black and his work both on and off the stage. I love Tenacious D, I love School of Rock, and I love The Holiday. As for Jack–He’s got the soul of a true bluesman–I wish I could do it like that. People think he’s joking unless they actually understand music. And it’s, I, there’s just this level of authenticity there that most people laugh at because they’re afraid of the fact they don’t understand it.
White also specified that he intends to record the album “the right way,” with an all-analog signal path and White himself as the Lead Producer (and Black as his sidekick). “You won’t even be able to get it on iTunes.”
With the cards all in place, Black and White is to primed one of the hottest albums of the year–and if said cards are played right, it could even become one of the most critically acclaimed albums of all time.
The Daily Chronicle is waiting for comment from Jack and Jack’s respective PR teams.