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The Raconteurs announce first album in over a decade

The Raconteurs
photo by Olivia Jean

The Raconteurs (Jack White, Brendan Benson, and Greenhornes members Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler) officially made their return in December with their first two songs in a decade, and they’ve been announcing some live shows, and now their anticipated new album has officially been announced. It’s called Help Us Stranger, and it comes out June 21 via Jack White’s Third Man Records. The album includes a cover of Donovan’s “Hey Gyp (Dig The Slowness),” and it was produced by The Raconteurs, engineered by Joshua V. Smith, and mixed by Vance Powell and The Raconteurs. It features contributions from Dean Fertita (The Dead Weather, Queens of the Stone Age), Lillie Mae Rische and Lillie Mae’s sister Scarlett Rische.

The release of the album also coincides with Third Man’s Help Us Stranger-themed Vault Package #40, which…

…features a limited edition electric green/black/copper swirled vinyl LP. Pressed at Third Man Pressing in the Cass Corridor of Detroit, the 180-gram marble vinyl edition also features exclusive Vault-only moving image lenticular cover art. The companion 7-inch single will feature early demo recordings of two songs from the new album – “Help Me Stranger” and “Somedays (I Don’t Feel Like Trying.” A Patrick Keeler-designed Raconteurs bandana and an exclusive Raconteurs slip mat are included in the package as well. Additionally, Vault members will receive first pre-sale ticket access to more soon to be announced Raconteurs headline shows. Third Man Vault subscriptions are open now through April 30. All HELP US STRANGER Vault packages will ship to arrive on or close to the album’s street date.

The Raconteurs’ tour schedule includes the Third Man 10th anniversary show in Nashville this Saturday (4/6), US festivals Railbird and Woodstock 50, and several overseas shows and festivals. All dates are listed below, alongside the album artwork, tracklist, and the very cool video for the album’s killer lead single “Sunday Driver.”

Speaking of Jack White, he just performed with Margo Price at the Loretta Lynn tribute in Nashville last night.

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Raconteurs Help Us Stranger

Tracklist
Bored and Razed
Help Me Stranger
Only Child
Don’t Bother Me
Shine The Light On Me
Somedays (I Don’t Feel Like Trying)
Hey Gyp (Dig The Slowness)
Sunday Driver
Now That You’re Gone
Live A Lie
What’s Yours Is Mine
Thoughts and Prayers

The Raconteurs — 2019 Tour Dates
April 6 – Third Man Records 10 Years – Nashville, TN
April 16 – Powerstation – Auckland, New Zealand (SOLD OUT)
April 18 – Regent Theatre – Melbourne, Australia (SOLD OUT)
April 20 – Big Top Sydney – Milsons Point, Australia
April 22 – Bluesfest Byron Bay – Byron Bay, Australia
April 24 – Akasaka Blitz – Minato City, Japan
April 25 – Akasaka Blitz – Minato City, Japan
May 25 – All Points East – London, UK
May 26 – L’Olympia – Paris, France (SOLD OUT)
May 27 – Cirque Royal – Brussels, Belgium
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
August 10 – Railbird Festival – Lexington, KY
August 16 – Woodstock 50 – Watkins Glen, NY

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