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Dan Auerbach spent a good chunk of 2016 working with his band The Arcs as well as lending a hand to The Pretenders’ first album in eight years, Alone. However, next spring will see The Black Keys guitarist take the spotlight for himself, as he’ll be releasing his second solo LP.
The follow-up to 2009’s Keep It Hid is said to be heavily inspired by Nashville, where Auerbach currently resides, and is described by the indie rocker as “a whole history of everything I love about music.” Recorded at his own local Easy Eye Sound studio, the album was the result of countless co-writing sessions with country music veteran John Prine and Johnny Cash associate David “Fergie” Ferguson.
Guitar virtuoso Duane Eddy appears on the record, as does longtime Cash bassist Dave Roe and drummer Gene Christman and pianist Bobby Wood, who both played alongside Dusty Springfield and Elvis Presley. “These guys tell me they’re genuinely thrilled to be here because we’re making records like they used to,” Auerbach told Rolling Stone of his guest collaborators.
Auerbach had a large pile of about 60 songs to work with for the forthcoming effort. Those that made the final tracklist include a three-chord singalong called “Waiting on a Song”, a tribute to renowned producer Rick Rubin titled “Malibu Man”, and “Shine on Me”, a cut featuring Mark Knopfler. Auerbach, whose Black Keys are still on hiatus, also plans on taking his upcoming solo LP out on the road.
Below, revisit Keep It Hid closer “Goin’ Home”: