The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music Reviews - Iain Shedden

Black Keys front­man and pro­ducer ex­traor­di­naire Dan Auer­bach is pre­par­ing to re­lease his sec­ond solo ef­fort, Wait­ing for a Song, on June 2 and has en­listed a hand­ful of coun­try-tinged artists to help him in the en­deav­our. The al­bum, which fol­lows his 2009 solo de­but Keep it Hid, is a love let­ter to Nashville, which has been home to the Ohio-born Auer­bach for some years, and of course home to coun­try mu­sic since time be­gan. “Liv­ing in Nashville has def­i­nitely changed the way I think about mu­sic and the way I record it,” the singer and gui­tarist says. “I didn’t have all of th­ese re­sources be­fore. I am work­ing with some of the great­est mu­si­cians that ever lived.” Chief among those fa­mous col­lab­o­ra­tors are vet­eran singer-song­writer John Prine, 70, with whom Auer­bach penned seven of the songs on the al­bum, the even more long-in-the-tooth Duane Eddy, 79, renowned multi-tasker Jerry Dou­glas and Dire Straits’ Mark Knopfler. Wait­ing for a Song is be­ing re­leased on Auer­bach’s new la­bel Easy Eye Sound, named af­ter the singer’s stu­dio in Nashville, where the two most re­cent Black Keys al­bums were recorded. It’s also a sec­ond home to a clus­ter of Nashville’s top play­ers. “Some­times I feel I cre­ated my own field of dreams,” says Auer­bach. “I built the stu­dio be­cause I knew some­thing was go­ing to hap­pen. I built it to ac­com­mo­date live mu­si­cians play­ing, and then all of a sud­den the best mu­si­cians in Nashville show up, and it’s hap­pen­ing.”

Nashville has changed Dan Auer­bach

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