The Raconteurs have announced the release of their long-awaited third album. Entitled Help Us Stranger, the 12-track LP is out on June 21st through Jack White’s own Third Man Records.
Recorded at Third Man Records’ studios in Nashville, the album features 11 original songs written by White and co-singer Brendan Benson, along with a cover of Donovan’s “Hey Gyp (Dig The Slowness)”. Joining White, Benson, bassist Jack Lawrence, and drummer Patrick Keller in the studio were Dean Fertita (The Dead Weather, Queens of the Stone Age) and Lillie Mae Rische and her sister Scarlett Rische.
Along with the traditional album release, The Raconteurs will offer a special edition of Help Us Stranger through Third Man Records’ Vault subscription program. The package includes the album pressed on electric green/black/copper swirled vinyl, along with a companion 7-inch featuring early demos of “Help Me Stranger” and “Somedays (I Don’t Feel Like Trying”). Additionally, Vault members will receive pre-sale ticket access to more soon to be announced Raconteurs headline shows. You can sign up for The Vault here.
See the album’s artwork and full tracklist below.
Help Us Stranger Artwork:
Help Us Stranger Tracklist:
01. Bored and Razed
02. Help Me Stranger
03. Only Child
04. Don’t Bother Me
05. Shine The Light On Me
06. Somedays (I Don’t Feel Like Trying)
07. Hey Gyp (Dig The Slowness)
08. Sunday Driver
09. Now That You’re Gone
10. Live A Lie
11. What’s Yours Is Mine
12. Thoughts and Prayers
Speaking of live shows, The Raconteurs are set to make their comeback at Third Man Records’ 10-year celebration in Nashville this weekend. They’ve also announced a smattering of shows in New Zealand, Australia, Japan, and Europe, as well as US festival appearances at Lexington’s Railbird Festival and Woodstock 50. You can see the band’s as-yet-announced tour schedule below.
The Raconteurs 2019 Tour Dates:
04/06 – Nashville, TN @ Third Man Records Ten Years
04/16 – Auckland, NZ @ Powerstation
04/18 – Melbourne, AU @ Regent Theatre
04/20 – Milsons Point, AU @ Big Top Sydney
04/22 – Byron Bay, AU @ Bluesfest Byron Bay
04/24 – Minato City, JP @ Akasaka Blitz
04/25 – Minato City, JP @ Akasaka Blitz
05/25 – London, UK @ All Points East
05/26 – Paris, FR @ L’Olympia
05/27 – Brussels, BE @ Cirque Royal
05/28 – Cologne, DE @ E-Werk
05/30 – Berlin, DE @ Verti Music Hall
05/31 – Kværndrup, DK @ Heartland Festival
06/01 – Warsaw, PL @ Orange Warsaw Festival
06/02 – Hilvarenbeek, NL @ Best Kept Secret Festival
08/10 – Lexington, KY @ Railbird Festival
08/16 – Watkins Glen, NY @ Woodstock 50