Thursday, February 26, 2009

The Soul of Dan Auerbach

A Haunting, Powerful New Sound: I can't really say enough good things or add too much you probably don't know about The Black Keys, but I'll try. The Akron, OH, duo have produced some of the most amazing blues-influenced modern rock I have ever heard. They made the RSL 20 Albums You Need to Own in 2008 List. And now the Keys' Dan Auerbach, a soulful premiere guitar blues man in his own right, has a stellar new project, Keep It Hid, in 2009. Auerbach is on tour, bringing his brand of rock and blues on the road. You Would Do Well to Catch this One!

Dan Auerbach

In this case, the beard is proportionate to the skill level

Dan Auerbach - My Last Mistake
(Streaming Audio Link - Will Open in New Window)

Trouble Weighs a Ton
I Want Some More
Heartbroken, In Disrepair
Because I Should
Whispered Words
Real Desire
When the Night Comes

Mean Monsoon
The Prowl
Keep It Hid
My Last Mistake
When I Left the Room
Street Walkin'
Goin' Home

HOW IT CAME TOGETHER: Keep It Hid was produced and engineered by Auerbach at his studio Akron Analog and features him playing a variety of instruments, including drums, guitar, percussion, and keyboards. Many of Auerbach’s friends and family play on the album, including his uncle James Quine, who contributes vocal harmony and electric guitar on the track “Street Walkin.” Other musicians include fellow Ohioans Jessica Lea Mayfield, who sings on the track “When the Night Comes,” and Bob Cesare, who plays drums on “Whispered Words,” a song originally written by Auerbach’s father. The record was mixed by Auerbach’s friend Mark Neill at Neill’s Soil of the South studio.


* Feb 28 9:30 Club - Washington DC
* March 1 Paradise - Boston, MA
* March 2 Music Hall of Williamsburg - Brooklyn, NY
* March 3 Bowery Ballroom - NYC
* March 5 Beachland Ballroom - Cleveland, OH
* March 6 Metro - Chicago
* March 7 First Avenue - Minneapolis, MN
* March 10 The Showbox - Seattle
* March 11 Wonder Ballroom - Portland, OR
* March 13 Bimbo’s - San Francisco
* March 14 El Rey Theatre - Los Angeles

WIN BOSTON TICKETS from Ryan's Smashing Life!
On March 1st, Dan Auerbach comes to Boston on his 10 City Tour. Win a Pair of Passes to the gig! All you need to do to be eligible is to send us a message with the title of Dan's album, "Keep It Hid" in the Subject Line. Inside the Email Give Us Your Full Name. (No entry information is shared.) You must be 18+ with a Valid ID. Passes are non-transferable. Winners will be notified in a couple of days! Good Luck!

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