LORETTA DOES THE WHITE THING

The White Stripes frontman has been producing tracks for Loretta Lynn...

JACK WHITE is to produce tracks for country legend LORETTA LYNN’s new album and has revealed that her new material makes him want to cry.

The collaboration came about after Lynn’s daughter Patsy discovered that the White Stripes’ ‘White Blood Cells’ was dedicated to her mother. Lynn then invited the duo to her Tennessee ranch earlier this spring. White has said that the album will reflect the “real Loretta”.

“I wanted to cry when I heard these songs,” he said. “She’s still writing amazing songs.” He added that the album “will be getting away from this horrible production of modern country music that I can’t stand and getting down to something raw like she really is”.

A few weeks after the trip, Lynn performed at a White Stripes concert at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom, and Jack joined her onstage for two of her hits, ‘First City’ and ‘Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man’. They also performed an encore of ‘Rated X’ – covered on the B-side to ‘Hotel Yorba’.

“We really hit it off,” White said. “There’s some kind of connection with us. I feel really comfortable with her, and I think she feels really comfortable with me, which I’m really glad for, because I could see someone like me – the way I look or whatever – not being appealing or her thinking that maybe I wasn’t down with the kind of music she does… She could tell that we had the same love for the same things about music.”

He added, “She makes amazing bread. Whenever I’m with her, I don’t want to leave. I just want to hold her hand all day long.”

According to the Detroit Free Press, White also revealed the origins of his Lynn obsession – watching ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’, the 1980 film biography of the singer, starring Sissy Spacek.

He said: “I became a fan more as a teenager, and I fell in love with her about 10 years ago. I really think that she is the best singer-songwriter of the 20th century. I think she’s very underrated.”

The release date for the album is yet to be confirmed.