The project White Stripes vocalist/guitarist Jack White has been working on with singer/songwriter Brendan Benson and Greenhornes bassist Jack Lawrence and drummer Patrick Keeler has been christened t

The project White Stripes vocalist/guitarist Jack White has been working on with singer/songwriter Brendan Benson and Greenhornes bassist Jack Lawrence and drummer Patrick Keeler has been christened the Raconteurs.

"We'll probably be coming out with a new record next year,” White reveals to Billboard.com. “We're almost done with it. It's something totally new for me -- two songwriters working together. Dual vocals, dual lead guitars, dual songwriting duties."

"It's a brand new band," White insists. "It's not just me and Brendan; Patrick and Jack are very talented musicians. The songs are giant. They're really large."

"It's cool, different stuff," Benson told Billboard.com last year. "Some of it sounds like Jack and some of it just sounds like Cat Stevens or something."

The Greenhornes will have plenty of time to interact with White in the months ahead, having just been chosen as the opening act for the White Stripes' upcoming North American tour.

In addition, the recent iTunes EP "East Grand Blues" will be released on CD in August via the band's own Prize Brigade Recordings. It features "Shine Like the Sun," which was recorded by Benson.