About The Raconteurs
Created in 2005, The Raconteurs are a blues rock band from Detroit Michigan. Fronted by White Strips singer Jack White, the group rose to a relaxed state of success in the late 2000-2009 decade. White is supported by Brenden Benson, Jack Lawrence, and Patrick Keeler. Together, they form a grungy-blues meets old country style that separates them from modern rock artist. Associated acts include The White Stripes, The Kills, The Deadweather, and Blanch.
In 2005, White and Benson began working on a new project in White’s current hometown of Nashville, Tennessee. Unsure about his direction, he began inviting old friends to collaborate with him on tunes. As a result, later in the year, he finished work on “Steady as she Goes,” which became the band’s first single. He then added Lawrence and Keeler and formed the band The Raconteurs. The group changed their name while playing in Australia due to the name being used by a local band. The Raconteurs tried to buy the name; yet, the locals refused leading to the name, The Saboteurs. They only use that name while performing in Australia.
In 2006, they released their debut album, Broken Boy Soldiers featuring their previous single. The album received praise from fans and critics. Their hard work earned them a Grammy nomination for their album. They followed the release by going on a worldwide tour. Their stops included Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tennessee, Glastenbury Festival in the UK, Oxegen in Ireland, Coechella in Indio, California, and many more.
Two years later, the group released their anticipated follow-up album, Consolers of the Lonely. The album received modest commercial success; yet, did well with critics. Again, The Raconteurs went on a worldwide tour including stops in Austin, Texas and The Open’ers Festival in Poland. Since, the group has gone on hiatus concentrating on other things. In 2013, the group tried to reunite for a new album but nothing came of it. Benson told a reporter that it seemed the band had spit-up rather than gone on a break.