Jack White has been teasing a collaboration with the great Bob Dylan, a person that the former White Stripes lead singer described as “an incredible mentor.”
White, who announced his major return to music with the recent release of The Raconteurs third studio album Help Us Stranger, has spent time working on his record label Third Man and spending family time with his children in Nashville.
Sitting down with Rolling Stone in an expansive interview with sees White discuss The Raconteurs, the White Stripes, Lil Nas X and more, the conversation turned to Bob Dylan’s recent decision to open a new whiskey distillery and venue in White’s hometown of Nashville.
When asked if Dylan has ever passed on valuable advice, White answered: “All the time. He’s been an incredible mentor to me, and a good friend, too.”
He added: “I’m lucky to even have one conversation with him. Everything else has been icing on the cake.” White was then asked if he has ever worked with Dylan, more specifically if the duo had written a song, to which he answered: “I cannot tell you that. I wish I could tell you, but I cannot,” he teased.
White’s friendship with Dylan is a longstanding one and, when asked if the iconic folk singer had a different side to his character, White replied: “He’s very complicated. A lot of people who go through fame, even a small taste of it, are going through experiences that probably no human being should ever go through.”
White added: “I’ve walked into a room and felt like I’m intimidating people. You don’t know what you’re supposed to do. I think people like Dylan end up trying to avoid that stuff.”