Jack White kicks off tour in Nashville
Posted May 16, 2012
Jack White launched his 2012 world tour Tuesday with the first of two sold-out shows at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.
Backed by his five-piece male band, Loz Buzzardos (he also uses an all-female band called The Peacocks), White started the show with the White Stripes' Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground. The set list for the two-hour show drew from all phases of White's eclectic career -- the Stripes, The Raconteurs and the Dead Weather, as well as his new solo album, Blunderbuss.
Noting the historical significance of the Ryman -- it was built as a church in 1892 and served as the Grand Ole Opry's regular home from from 1943 until 1974 -- White told a crowd that included Wynonna Judd and Bobby Bare Jr., "It feels good to play in this place; it's not lost on us." White, who lives in Nashville, also performed covers of Hank Williams' You Know That I Know and Howlin' Wolf's 300 Pounds of Heavenly Joy. He closed the show by leading the audience in a sing-along on Leadbelly's Goodnight Irene.
White plays a second Ryman show tonight -- perhaps with The Peacocks?
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