Dan Auerbach's second solo album "Waiting on a Song" was released Friday. dan-auerbachs-waiting-on-song-comes-out-today-review.html If you're a fan of the Black Keys or good music in general you gotta check it out. Sounds unlike anything the band has ever done before, it's a refreshing record. The whole "retro" sound angle has been beaten to a pulp by critics and such, but it really does fit this album perfectly. Has that quintessential 70's sound, this of course coming from a 25 year old who wasn't alive for 1 second of the decade.
On Saturday Dan Auerbach sat down with CBS This Morning to talk about his new project, the recording process, and of course the future of the Black Keys.
While he doesn't go into that much detail about the Keys, as a fan of the band I think that clip was encouraging. Seems like they do have a future, it's moreso just when will that future be?
Dan talks about the grind of touring life and how much of a toll that took on him and drummer Pat Carney after nearly 15 years on the road together. They needed a break from the sold out stadium tour life. Which I totally get. From 2010-2015 they were on the road nonstop promoting three different albums, that were all major successes. Auerbach just couldn't take a break from music entirely which has given way his much smaller projects. With all due respect, The Arcs would never sell out Madison Square Garden. But that's fine, it appears that isn't what he wants to do, at least not right now. He's enjoying this life. When asked about the future of the group, he said they're just taking a break, which I'm going to believe until their wikipedia page no longer says "Years active: 2001- present".
As for Auerbach himself, I'm excited to see what happens with this album and his solo career. I listened to it a few more times over the weekend and really love it. I think I've listened to Never in My Wildest Dreams 20 times already. He hasn't stopped working since the Keys took their break, working 3 days a week writing, and 3 days a week recording, has hundreds of finished songs. I want to hear more. While I desperately want more music from the Black Keys it's obvious Dan is having a great time doing what he's currently doing in Nashville. I'm just gonna enjoy this new album and what else the mastermind who is Dan Auerbach has in store.
Here's what Dan and all his new friends performed on CBS this weekend.