The Oak Ridge Boys' upcoming album, The Boys Are Back, features songs written by Shooter Jennings and Jamey Johnson, but there's another, unlikely name that factors into the album's track list: rock duo The White Stripes.
The Oak Ridge Boys take on the Jack White-penned "Seven Nation Army" on the disc and make it their own, turning the song's famous bass line into an ominous sing-along while adding a unique disco/rock backbeat to the choruses. The idea came from the band's new young producer, Dave Cobb, and Oak Ridge Boy Joe Bonsall says the song is the most unique thing the band has ever done.
" 'Seven Nation Army' was Dave Cobb's first idea out of the shoot," Joe says. "He said he wanted to take the song and where The White Stripes and Jack White do the instrumental parts, he heard the Oak Ridge Boys singing those parts vocally. So we get in the studio and he's thinking we're either crazy and going to kill him or he thinks we're going to say, 'Let's give it a shot.' And we said, 'Let's do it.' Here recently we've been putting it onstage, and we're tearing places up with it. It's just so doggone different."
The cover is available on YouTube as a "teaser" for The Boys Are Back, which is due in stores on May 19.