Such humble origins might suggest that White wouldn't be in a big rush to work on the follow-up. (He does, after all, have two other bands, the Raconteurs and the Dead Weather.) But, no, he's plowing ahead with a new disc.
Spin stumbled upon a BBC interview in which he explained just how deep he is into the new material. "I'm writing a lot of songs for another record," he said. "I have over 20 tracks I'm working on right now."
Where that all leads, of course, is anybody's guess. But it does leave open the possibility that White could have the Blunderbuss follow-up to us by the end of this year. In the meantime, if you want to read some less-than-stellar reviews for Blunderbuss, head over to White's homepage, where he's posted some negative press comments about his work. He may not win any Grammys on Sunday, but you can't say he's lost his sense of humor.
Update: Jack White spoke with Rolling Stone at the Grammys and offered more insights into this new material and when he might release it. "I don't know if it'll come out this year or not," he said. "The last one kind of came together so strangely, I was in the middle of making it and I didn't realize I was doing it, you know? I was just doing it because I needed to get these songs down and then I realized I was making a record."
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