With respect to the other artists in this roundup, no contemporary band has done more to drill the blues aesthetic and beauty of lo-fi recording into the public consciousness than The White Stripes.
While guitarist and vocalist Jack White has taken on a dizzying array of musical projects over the years (The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather and the brilliant 2004 Van Lear Rose album, a collaboration with country legend Loretta Lynn), The White Stripes is still his finest hour.
The future of The White Stripes is up in the air at the moment. In an interview with MusicRadar’s Joe Bosso in May 2009 Jack claimed that a new Stripes record “won’t be too far off.” Pull your finger out mate!
Listen: The White Stripes - Death Letter Blues (Son House cover, live)