A self-described "new band made up of old friends,"
the Raconteurs feature the White Stripes' Jack White and power pop
maestro Brendan Benson on vocals, keyboards, and guitars, and the
Greenhornes' drummer Patrick Keeler and bassist Jack Lawrence as the
group's rhythm section. The idea for the band began when Benson and
White collaborated on the song "Steady, as She Goes," which later
became the Raconteurs' debut single. When the duo drafted Keeler and
Lawrence, they became a full-fledged band. Recording together at
Benson's East Grand Studio whenever they were available from their
other projects, the Raconteurs recorded their debut album, Broken
Boy Soldiers, over the span of a year and released it in spring 2006
to middling reviews but a Top Ten place on Billboard's album charts.
That year, the band also relocated to Nashville and worked on
another batch of songs in between touring and dates at festivals
such as Vegoose.