Leading up to the sessions for 'The Hurting Kind', White was inspired by artists like Jim Reeves, Patsy Cline, Roy Orbison, Chet Atkins and Bill Porter. Drawing on these timeless influences, White sought out classic writers like Whisperin' Bill Anderson and Bobby Braddock to collaborate with. 'Coming out of each and every one of these situations, I got a resounding thumbs-up that I was on that right track', says White of the collaborations. 'I didn't need anybody else's approval after that'. 'The Hurting Kind' was recorded at Sun Drop Sound, White's home studio that he converted from an old, turn-of-the-century home in the historic district of Florence, AL, and at legendary Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL. The record was co-produced with Ben Tanner (Alabama Shakes) and features additional contributions from a core group of musicians including Jon Radford (Leigh Nash, Odessa) and Reed Watson on drums, Pat Bergeson (Chet Atkins, Emmylou Harris) on electric guitar, Jon Estes (Robyn Hitchcock, Kesha) and David Hood (Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section) on bass and Lillie Mae (Jack White) on fiddle, plus guest vocals from Lee Ann Womack and background vocals from Erin Rae and The Secret Sisters.