We ran into Jack White the other night at the Chelsea, wearing a cowboy hat with a big white feather that made him appear even taller than he is, and a huge fur coat of a kind only a true rock star such as himself could pull off. If he was trying to go incognito, I must say he failed rather miserably! We wondered why he would grace our hotel with his presence, and now we know: he’s working on an album with Bob Dylan and wanted to soak up some of the rarified ambience of the legendary performer’s former haunt. Well, we’re confident that –even with BD in charge – he was not disappointed.
The two artists are working on an album of songs that Hank Williams left uncompleted at the time of his death -- which is kind of funny since, isn’t it part of Dylan’s legend that he tried to steal a trunk of songs out of Woody Guthrie’s basement after the old folkie croaked? I think those songs were later recorded by Wilco – much to Bob’s consternation, I’m sure – but now, in a way, he has his revenge.
Oh, another Chelsea connection: Hank William’s granddaughter, Holly Williams, used to live here.