The Mississippi Sheiks
Along with Son House and Robert Johnson, Jack White also drew heavily from this Depression-era guitar-and-fiddle group, which he goes so far as to call one of the earliest rock bands. "This was the early days of a group of people getting together to plan an attack," he told the Guardian in 2013. "They were irreverent, too… These guys were saying very irreverent things about sex and racial relations that you'd think they wouldn't get away with." The Mississippi Sheiks are best known for 1930's "Sittin' on Top of the World," one of the most-covered songs in the blues canon. White has recorded it, too, for the soundtrack to the 2003 Civil War epic Cold Mountain.