Interview: Pokey LaFarge on Working with Jack White and Releasing a Seven-Inch via Third Man Records

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LaFarge and co. performing "Sweet Potato Blues"

"I'm not going to say he's a genius, 'cause I only got to work with him one day," LaFarge says of White. "But he's very intelligent. We threw songs at him and he could almost instantly change things to make the tune better. I was very impressed.

"Working with Jack was great because we felt natural the second we walked in," he adds. "It was like we were pals, it was just crazy. But he was a hard worker - he was behind the board the whole time. Plus he was in the studio working out some things with us, arrangement of parts. It was constant work, he just has a hard work ethic. [But] he never was stressed out; he was just having a good time."

The seven-inch will be out in mid-March, and will be available in several places: on Third Man's website (and physical store in Nashville), via iTunes and also right here at Vintage Vinyl in St. Louis. Off Broadway will also be hosting a release party for the vinyl on April 1.

Incidentally, LaFarge and the South City Three just received two Independent Music Awards nominations, for Riverboat Soul and the song "Claude Jones." (Locals Strawfoot also received a nomination for the song "Hole.") And LaFarge and the South City Three's next album is still due in July.

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