White Stripes star Jack White has been working with Bob Dylan on a project, co-ordinated by Dylan, to complete a series of songs left unfinished by country legend Hank Williams at the time of his death in 1953.
White is one of a number of musicians approached by Dylan to work on completed lyrics and music for the songs.
White has reportedly recorded a ‘finished’ version of the incomplete Williams song “You Know That I Know” at Nashville’s Blackbird Studios, with engineer Joe Chiccarelli.
According to Dominic Suchtya, bassist with the band Steppin’ In It, and an old friend of White’s who played with him on the session: “Dylan had contacted him to see if he’d like to finish some of these tunes. No one has heard it as it was a Hank Williams lyric sheet that Jack put to music and edited a bit. Jack as sent most of or all of the unfinished tunes and picked this one to finish.
“We listened to quite a bit of Hank while I was down there and sat around, just the two of us, playing our favourite Hank tunes, but the song was done when I got there. I think Jack just ingested a bunch of Hank Williams and this is what came out of him.”
White appeared with Dylan in September, when Bob played a two-night stint at Nashville’s Ryman Theatre. On the first night they performed the first ever live version of “Meet Me In The Morning” from Blood On The Tracks.
The following night, they gave a first live outing to “Outlaw Blues” and duetted on “One More Cup Of Coffee” from Desire, getting its first live airing since 1993.