Rock star Jack White might be more than just a token member of the newly formed Music Business Council.
The Raconteurs, White Stripes and Dead Weather band member met Mayor Karl Dean last week for drinks at the Oak Bar inside the Hermitage Hotel. According to Dean aides, the meeting went extremely well and White expressed interest in contributing to the MBC. Dean formed the group last week and charged them with propping up and growing the music industry in Nashville.
According to Dean aides, White told the mayor he was especially interested in efforts to preserve the vinyl record industry. Earlier this year, White opened his own one-stop music shop on Seventh Avenue South. The shop includes a recording studio, performance space and vinyl record store.
White relocated to Nashville a few years ago when the Raconteurs took off. He’s been a fixture at local shows and even played a surprise concert two years ago prior to the release of a new White Stripes album.
White expressed an interest in serving on the Music Business Council and applauded Dean for his efforts to support the industry.
“He ended the meeting by calling [Dean] the coolest mayor in America,” the Dean aide said. “He said they didn’t do anything like this up in Detroit.”
Dean formed the Music Business Council to address issues like bringing more live venues and festivals to Nashville in addition to propping up music education at Metro schools.