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Meg may be gone, but Jack White rocks on

February 5, 2011

ENTERTAINMENT CONCERTRough-and-tumble rockers The White Stripes called it quits earlier this week, much to the dismay of garage rock fans everywhere. But it’s not as if this news comes as a huge surprise. For the past several years, frontman Jack White has been getting busy with almost everyone but his red-and-white-clad Stripes bandmate, Meg.

For starters, White has played in his other two bands,  The Ranconteurs and The Dead Weather. He also starred alongside U2 guitarist The Edge and Led Zeppelin’s legendary axeman Jimmy Page in 2008′s critically acclaimed music film, “It Might Get Loud”, and collaborated with comedian Conan O’Brien on a spoken-word comedy record during the latter’s temporary stint last year as a late-night refugee. As if that’s not enough, White continues to run his own record label, Third Man.

But as The Guardian noted recently, some of White’s most compelling collaborations over the years have been with female musicians. Perhaps most notably, White helped breath new life into country legend Loretta Lynn’s music career back in 2004 when he produced and performed on her much-loved album, “Van Lear Rose”.

He’s done the same for infamous rockabilly goddess Wanda Jackson, whose recently released album “The Party Ain’t Over” features 11 cover songs chosen, produced and arranged by White. Jackson’s cover of Bob Dylan’s “Thunder on the Mountain” alone is almost enough to ease the pain of knowing the White Stripes are no more. Watch the video for the song below, along with some clips of White’s other collaborations with women musicians.

Wanda Jackson featuring Jack White – “Thunder on the Mountain”

Loretta Lynn and Jack White – “Portland, Oregon”

Alicia Keys and Jack White – “Another Way To Die” (from “Quantum of Solace” soundtrack)

The Secret Sisters with Jack White – “Big River”

(Photo credit: Guitarist Jack White of the Raconteurs performs at the Virgin Festival in Baltimore, Maryland, September 23, 2006. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

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