published Friday, March 9th, 2012

Jack White at Track 29 sold-out show

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    Jack White coming to Track 29
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IF YOU GO

What: Jack White in concert.

When: 9 p.m. Saturday (doors open at 8 p.m.).

Where: Track 29, 1400 Market St.

Admission: Sold out.

Phone: 521-2929.

Venue website: www.track29.co.

Jack White is the quintessential career frontman, but for the first time in 15 years, he's taking the stage on his own.

In addition to serving as an independent producer for artists such as Wanda Jackson and Loretta Lynn, White began a solo tour early this year in preparation for the April release of his first solo album, "Blunderbuss." Saturday, that tour will bring him to Track 29, where he will play to a sell-out crowd of 1,500.

Despite this new solo period of his career, White's legacy is defined by the bands he helped found and then shepherd to commercial and critical success.

In 1997, he and his former wife, drummer Meg White, founded grungy punk/blues duo The White Stripes, which won four Grammy Awards before splitting up in February 2011.

Overlapping with The Stripes, White also led another Detroit-based rock group, The Raconteurs, which he co-founded in 2005 with solo artist Brendan Benson. In 2009, having recently relocated to Nashville, White formed a third group, The Dead Weather, with members of The Raconteurs, The Kills and Queens of the Stone Age.

Here are some things you may not have known about White:

Last year, he was named the first recipient of Nashville's Music City Ambassador Award for demonstrating "a commitment to Nashville's unique creative climate and musical diversity."

Rolling Stone senior editor David Fricke ranked White at No. 17 on his list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists.

Jack White is his stage name. He was born John Anthony Gillis.

In addition to more than two dozen soundtrack credits, White's film career includes supporting roles in "Cold Mountain" and "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story," in which he portrayed Elvis Presley.

His favorite song is Son House's "Grinnin' in Your Face."

In 2006, he told "60 Minutes" correspondent Mike Wallace that he was accepted to the seminary but decided to attend public school instead because he wasn't sure he could take along his newly purchased amplifier.

about Casey Phillips...

Casey Phillips has worked as a features reporter in the Life department since May 2007. He writes about entertainment, young adults, technology and people of interest. Casey hails from Knoxville and earned a bachelor of science degree in journalism and a bachelor of arts in German. He previously worked as the features editor for Sidelines at Middle Tennessee State University. Casey received the East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists Award of Excellence for Reviewing/Criticism in ...

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