The Raconteurs announce new album Help Us Stranger

The Jack White-led rock band returns with their long-awaited third album in June

The Raconteurs, photo by Olivia Jean
The Raconteurs, photo by Olivia Jean

    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.

    The band previously teased the album’s release by unveiling “Sunday Driver” and “Now That You’re Gone”.


    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:

    Raconteurs Help Us Stranger

    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