Dan Auerbach is a name you might not be familiar with. He's actually the frontman of The Black Keys. Now that definitely rings a bell, right? He's getting ready to release a solo album entitled, Keep It Hid. The disc, due out February 10th will be released via Nonesuch. "This record is a mixture of things I like to listen to, psychadelia, soul music, country harmonies," says Auerbach.
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. Of the recording process Auerbach states, “I wanted a live, organic sound. Nothing was too plotted or planned, just a lot of spontaneity.” The record was mixed by Auerbach’s good friend Mark Neill at Neill’s Soil of the South studio.
I really like the album so far. The songs are more mellow and show a softer side of Auerbach. Just take the video down below as evidence. "Trouble Weighs a Ton" features his uncle, James Quine.
[Dan Auerbach Myspace]
Dan Auerbach will be joined on the road with opening bands Those Darlings and San Antonio's Hacienda (who will also provide backing duties for Auerbach). Tour dates are down below, no Austin dates unfortunately.
Dan Auerbach 2009 Tour Dates:
02/28 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
03/01 - Boston, MA @ Paradise Club
03/02 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
03/03 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
03/05 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
03/06 - Chicago, IL @ Metro
03/07 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
03/10 - Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
03/11 - Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
03/13 - San Francisco, CA @ Bimbo's
03/14 - Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre