Jack White Says Expect a New Dead Weather Disc in Early 2010

The Dead Weather's debut Horehound isn't even a year old, but they're already plotting their next album. Earlier this week, the band told Rolling Stone they will hit the studio soon to work on their follow-up LP, which could be finished by the time they embark on their Australian tour in March. "We'll probably be having a new album by that time, if we're lucky. We have a lot of songs cooking right now, we've been playing a few of them live and I'm sure by March the entire 20 or 25 songs will be onstage by then," Jack White told Rolling Stone. "We can't tell you that much about it except that it's gonna be really expansive, and I use that word loosely in a scientific sense, meaning that I'm just using it to distract you."

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As if White didn't already have enough on his plate in 2009, he also served as producer during a recent recording session with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and the Queen of Rockabilly, Wanda Jackson. "It was just supposed to be a seven-inch [single], but we did a lot more songs, so maybe it will be something bigger," White told MTV News before last night's mtvU Woodie Awards. "There was a lot of good stuff. It's a wild record."

White, a Nashville resident these days, is no stranger to the country scene, having previously produced — and won a Grammy for — Loretta Lynn's 2004 album Van Lear Rose. "They had a super album, but he didn't have her do anything different, you know," Wanda Jackson told The Oklahoman. "She just did her little Loretta Lynn songs. But he told me he's gonna stretch me some, so we'll see."

As for not RSVPing to Slash's invitation to appear on the Velvet Revolver guitarist's upcoming all-star album, White told MTV, "I don't even remember that request, but I love Slash. Appetite for Destruction is one of the best rock albums of the past 20-30 years. ... I don't really like those albums where every song is a different person — that Santana thing, that's not interesting to me."

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