For a prior generation, the "supergroup" was usually the province of long-winded jamming, but the Raconteurs — the secondary band fronted by the White Stripes' Jack White and singer-songwriter Brendan Benson, featuring the Greenhornes' rhythm section, bassist Jack Lawrence and drummer Patrick Keeler — are a far tighter proposition.
All four were friends living in Detroit before the band's formation, and in 2005, when White and Benson got together and wrote "Steady, as She Goes," and decided to cut it with Lawrence and Keeler, they decided to form a new group. Broken Boy Soldiers (Number Seven, 2006), the quartet's debut, was recorded in Benson's Detroit home studio throughout 2005. "Steady, as She Goes" went to Number One on the Modern Rock chart, and the group hit the festival trail throughout 2006. Their second album, Consolers of the Lonely (Number Seven, 2008), was subject to an unusual release schedule: its existence was announced only one week before it arrived in stores, in order to circumvent the usual review/hype cycle. It yielded the hit "Salute Your Solution," which went to Number Four on the Modern Rock chart. Once again the Raconteurs played a number of festivals in Europe and the U.S., including Glastonbury, Coachella and Bonnaroo.