Black Keys singer and guitarist Dan Auerbach today offered some details on his upcoming sophomore solo LP ‘Waiting On A Song,’ as well as unveiling the leadoff single ‘Shine On Me.’
The song, a light-hearted jaunt featuring the rhythm guitar stylings of legend Mark Knopfler, is miles from the grungy psych-blues of the Keys, with Auerbach clearly relishing in the opportunity to cut loose and put brighter shades of his artistry on display.
Of the collaboration with the former Dire Straits mastermind, Auerbach said, “I’d never met him before, but I decided to call him anyway to see if he would add a guitar part to it. I gave him no instructions – just told him to do whatever he felt. He sent it back two days later with that rhythm guitar part on it and it was perfect! And that guitar sound couldn’t be mistaken for anyone else. I’m so grateful for his contribution.”
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In addition to Knopfler, ‘Waiting On A Song’ will also feature contributions from Duane Eddy, John Prine and members of the Memphis Boys, the legendary house band at Memphis’ American Sound Studio. The album will be released on Auerbach’s new Easy Eye Sound label, named after the his Nashville studio. The artist described the new album as a “love letter to Nashville.”
Although we haven’t heard from The Black Keys since 2014’s excellent ‘Turn Blue,’ Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney have both kept busy in the intervening years, with Auerbach last releasing ‘Yours, Dreamily’ with The Arcs in 2015. ‘Waiting On A Song’ follows his debut solo LP, ‘Keep It Hid,’ from 2009.
‘Waiting On A Song’ will be released June 2 via Easy Eye Sound.
Waiting on A Song
Livin’ in Sin
Shine on Me
King of a One Horse Town
Never in My Wildest Dreams
Stand by My Girl
Photo Credit : Alysee Gafkjen (lead photo)