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The Raconteurs Biography

The Raconteurs (formed 2005 and known as The Saboteurs in Australia)

The Raconteurs are an American alternative rock band, formed by Jack White (also of The White Stripes), Brendan Benson (who also has a successful solo career), Jack Lawrence (also of Blanche and The Greenhornes) and Patrick Keeler (also of The Greenhornes).

The Raconteurs: The Formation

The Raconteurs are based in Nashville, Tennessee, a town with a rich musical history. In the summer of 2005, Benson and White got together and wrote 'Steady, As She Goes.' That year, they got together with the other two band members in Detroit and recorded whenever they all had time off from their other respective bands.

A band in Queensland, Australia had already begun using the name The Raconteurs and refused to change their name for the amount offered by the US band's record company. As a result, they are known as The Saboteurs in Australia.

The Raconteurs: Musical Career

The Raconteur's debut album was released in May 2006. Entitled Broken Boy Soldiers, the album featured their debut single 'Steady, As She Goes / Store Bought Bones.' The band's record labels are Third Man Recordings / XL Recordings in the UK and Third man Recordings / V2 Records in the U.S.

The band's debut live appearance was in March 2006 at the Liverpool Academy in England, a date which launched a small UK tour. Their first gig in the U.S. was at New York's Irving Plaza, in April 2006.

In November 2006, The Raconteurs opened for Bob Dylan for six dates in America. That same month, they played on the high profile British music show Later.With Jools Holland.

The Raconteurs have become known for their cover versions, including The Undertones' 'Teenage Kicks', Sonny Bono's 'Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down), Gnarls Barkley's 'Crazy' and 'A House Is Not A Motel' by Love.

In 2007, the band's debut album was nominated for two Grammy Awards, for Best Rock Album and Best Rock Performance.

The Raconteurs' second album was entitled Consolers of the Lonely and was released in March 2008. The first single to be released from the album was 'Salute Your Solution.' In June 2008, The Raconteurs played at the 'Eden Sessions' at The Eden Project in Cornwall, England.

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The Latest The Raconteurs News

Jack White Recording 20 New Tracks

10th July 2013

Jack White has recorded new material with The Dead Weather and The Raconteurs.The '16 Saltines' singer and solo artist has...

Jack White: Songwriters Should Be Against The World

10th March 2013

Jack White thinks it's a songwriter's job to be ''against the world''.The 'Freedom at 21' singer credits his career to...

Jack White Promises Second Album

21st December 2012

Jack White promises ''another album is on the way already.''The singer has already started work on his second solo album...

Jack White Recruited To Write 'lone Ranger' Score

27th April 2012

Jack White really is looking to the future in the wake of his debut LP album 'Blunderbuss' being released this...

Jack White To Compose Soundtrack For 'the Lone Ranger'

25th April 2012

Jack White is on board with Disney Pictures, to soundtrack the forthcoming movie the Lone Ranger. The movie is directed...

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The Raconteurs Reviews

The Raconteurs - Consolers of the Lonely Album Review

31st March 2008

The RaconteursConsolers of the Lonely XL Album Review On one level, this is a fantastic...

The Raconteurs - Broken Boy Soldier Single Review

21st December 2006

The RaconteursBroken Boy SoldierSingle ReviewWith their debut record just being denied an entry at the...

The Raconteurs - Hands Single Review

2nd August 2006

The RaconteursHandsSingle ReviewI don't think I'm alone when I say I'm still trying to get...

The Raconteurs - Broken Boy Soldiers Album Review

8th May 2006

The Raconteurs Broken Boy Soldiers Album ReviewWhen initial reports seeped out that Jack White and...

The Raconteurs - Steady Single Review

2nd May 2006

The RaconteursSteady, as she goesSingle ReviewFor those of you who have not yet heard of...

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The Raconteurs Festivals


12th June 2014


1st August 2014

T in the Park

11th July 2014

Radio 1 Big Weekend

24th May 2014

Glastonbury Festival

25th June 2014

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