After his collaboration with Insane Clown Posse, nothing Jack White does will surprise us. Even his latest venture, a series of Third Man Records singles with actor John C. Reilly makes more sense than that ICP nonsense. After all, Reilly sang in both Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story and Chicago, even earning an Academy Award nomination for the latter. White produced a few new country covers by the actor, including a cover of Ray Price’s 1954 country hit “I’ll Be There (If You Ever Want Me).”
Reilly’s vocal cred notwithstanding, White recruits some honest-to-goodness musicians for the track. He himself plays drums, while Nashville sideman Fats Kaplin and the Black Belles’ Olivia Jean help out on other instruments. Most notably, Becky Stark of Lavender Diamond joins Reilly as a duet partner. The song swings in a stately old-fashioned country manner and gets us looking forward to the other singles. Listen below. (via Entertainment Weekly)
John C. Reilly with Becky Stark – I’ll Be There (If You Ever Want Me) (Ray Price cover)
Buy the singles at Third Man Records.