The Washington Times - December 5, 2008, 11:39AM

Rumor has it that Keith Richards recently paid a visit to the Nashville home of his new pal, Jack White. To do what? Record, I hope.

It appears the White Stripe and Raconteur is making some other cool new friends in his adopted hometown.


Check out this video of White, Brendan Benson, et al. cutting a rootsy, fiddle-plus-mandolin version of the Raconteurs’ “Old Enough” with the great Ricky Skaggs and nubile country songress Ashley Monroe.

It makes perfect sense to me that rockers with a punk sensibility, like White, would be drawn to trad-folk and bluegrass. It’s not exactly an unprecented marriage, when you think about it, and both are rooted in working-class mileus (grassroots, in one case, concrete-roots, er, in the other).

When I was getting heavily into mountain music, Gram Parsons and such in my teens, I remember tuning in religiously to a TV show (“At the Ryman”) that Skaggs hosted.

Wouldn’t you know it, YouTube makes the point I’m trying to make above much more concisely.