The star will be one of 45 people who will serve on the Council on Gender Equity, tasked with identifying areas of improvement in benefits and opportunities and suggesting recommendations to Mayor Megan Barry's officials.

The establishment of the new task force was announced by the Mayor at a press conference on Wednesday (13Jul16), when she highlighted the fair employee policies at White's Third Man Records headquarters as a model for small businesses, reports The Tennessean.

Staff at Third Man Records are all provided with health insurance, several months of paid maternity and paternity leave, and a minimum hourly wage of $15 (£11.40).

"If my small company can enact these ideas then so can MCDonald's and General Motors," White declared at the media gathering. "I believe all human beings on this planet and in this society we live in deserve to be treated the same. They deserve to be treated the same in their social lives and in their financial and business careers as well."

White is no stranger to local politics - he previously worked with Barry's predecessor, Mayor Karl Dean, as a member of the Nashville Music Business Council, which was formed in 2009 to help boost business and market the country music mecca as America's 'Music City'.

Mayor Dean also made the former The White Stripes star an ambassador of Nashville in 2011.