Rolling Stone was perusing this year’s Country Music Awards nominees — where all-stars like Keith Urban, Taylor Swift and George Strait each earned four nominations apiece — when one bold faced band name came leaping off the page: The Raconteurs. That’s right, Jack White’s other other side project was nominated in the Musical Event category for teaming up with country music’s Ricky Skaggs and Ashley Monroe for Consolers of the Lonely‘s “Old Enough.”
This isn’t the first time White has been nominated for his contributions to country: In 2005, White won a Best Country Collaboration with Vocals Grammy award for his “Portland, Oregon” duet with Loretta Lynn. White also produced Lynn’s Van Lear Rose, which also won the Best Country Album Grammy in 2005.
If White and the Raconteurs happened somehow to defeat their competitors in the Musical Event category — Carrie Underwood and Randy Travis’ “I Told You So”, Lee Ann Womack and George Strait’s “Everything But Quits,” Kenny Chesney and Mac McAnally’s “Down the Road” and Brooks & Dunn and Reba McEntire’s “Cowgirls Don’t Cry” — they’ll become the second consecutive rockers to claim victory in the category, following Robert Plant and Alison Krauss’ Musical Event win last year for “Gone, Gone, Gone (Done Moved On).”
The 43rd Annual CMA Awards will broadcast live from Nashville’s Sonnet Center on November 11th. Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley, who leads the CMA field with six nominations, will host the festivities. No word yet whether the Raconteurs will appear and/or perform at the event.