Jack White has been named as the honorary dean of the Fermatta Music Academy in Mexico City.
White made a guest appearance to accept the accolade on August 22, giving a speech about his family and music life. The former White Stripes and Raconteurs frontman is the first artist to be given an honourary title in the history of the Mexican music academy and was given his award by singer-songwriter Elan.
Rolling Stone reports that during White’s speech he said, “The sense of being a musician is making art, and I do not care whether it is solo or as part of a collective project. At all times, I seek to express myself, and different circumstances of my life could also become multiple creative and stylistic channels.” White was also given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the ceremony.
Meanwhile, country singer Loretta Lynn has revealed that she wants to make another album with Jack White following her 2004 album ‘Van Lear Rose’, which became the highest-charting LP of her career on the US albums chart, peaking at Number 24, and went on to win a pair of Grammy Awards.
“I think I’m going to go after Jack White and give him another call to do another album,” Lynn said in a new interview this week. The singer, now 81, also revealed that she has numerous other projects in the works including a Christmas album and a religious album.
White is currently working on new songs with his band The Dead Weather, a tweet from his Third Man Records label revealed last week (August 29). The band are currently holed up in the Third Man studio in Nashville.
The Dead Weather is made up of White, The Kills’ Alison Mosshart, Dean Fertita of Queens Of The Stone Age and Jack Lawrence of The Greenhornes and The Raconteurs. They released their debut album, ‘Horehound’, in 2009 and followed it in 2010 with ‘Sea of Cowards’.