This is Jack White, in case you didn’t recognize him right away.
John Anthony Gillis (born on July 9, 1975), better known as Jack White and often credited as Jack White III, is an Americanmusician, record producer and occasional actor. He is best known as being the guitarist, pianist, and lead vocalist of The White Stripesuntil they disbanded in February 2011.
He was ranked #17 on Rolling Stone‘s list of “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”. White’s popular and critical success with The White Stripes enabled him to collaborate as a solo artist with other renowned musicians, such as Beck, The Rolling Stones, Jeff Beck, Alicia Keys, Bob Dylan and Loretta Lynn, whose 2004 album Van Lear Rose he produced and performed on. In 2005, White became a founding member of the rock band The Raconteurs. In 2009, he became a founding member and drummer of his third commercially successful group, The Dead Weather.
“Wayfaring Stranger” is at lest 200 years old. No one knows who wrote it.
“The Wayfaring Stranger” (aka “Poor Wayfaring Stranger” or “I Am a Poor Wayfaring Stranger”), Roud 3339, is a well-known British spiritual/folk song about a plaintive soul on the journey through life. The journey the singer speaks of is the trials and tribulations of life. Home is the final reward of reuniting with loved ones in Heaven in the afterlife. It became one of Burl Ives‘s signature songs, included on his 1944 album The Wayfaring Stranger. Ives used it as the title of his early 1940s CBS radio show and his 1948 autobiography. He became known as “The Wayfaring Stranger.”
The New Christy Minstrels recorded their song: The Ballad of Julie Ann to this tune.
Johnny Cash has a more traditional take on the tune.
Jude and I are going to record our own version later this month.