Jack Lawrence hasn’t exactly been idle since The Greenhornes went on hiatus in 2005.
The bassist — along with Greenhornes drummer Patrick Keeler — joined The White Stripes’ Jack White and Brendon Benson in the Detroit-formed Raconteurs and then joined White and others in the Dead Weather. Lawrence also played in the Detroit band Blanche. But he’s happy the Greenhornes are back in gear again.
“Those guys are my brothers,” Lawrence says of Keeler and guitarist Craig Fox. “It’s nice to come back to that first ‘home’ that you’ve had after all these years. We practiced last month at Patrick’s place and it was ... just really special. I had a pretty big smile on my face the whole time we were playing.”
But Lawrence says he wasn’t ever worried that the Cincinnati trio would not come back together again. “It was more a question of when,” he explains. “We’ve all been doing other things, too, which is nice. It’s nice to go out and have these other bands and then have (The Greenhornes) to come back to.”
The group has finished a new album, “Four Stars,” which is due out in the fall and will be its first full-length since 2002’s “Dual Mono” and first release since the “East Grand Blues EP” in 2005.
Lawrence describes the set as “that kind of soul/rock ‘n’ roll thing that we’ve always done, but there’s a little more psychedelic stuff on this than other records we’ve done. But like the others, there’s the rock songs and then there’s the slower soul songs. It sounds like us.”
The Greenhornes perform at 1 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 22, as part of the F***ing Awesome Fest at the Majestic Complex, 4120-4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit. The festival, which features 50 local and national bands, runs Friday-Sunday, Aug. 20-22. Doors open at 8 each night. Tickets are $15 per day or $25 for a weekend pass. Call 313-833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.