Dan Auerbach (from the album Waiting on a Song on Nonesuch Records)
On his work with The Black Keys, Dan Auerbach cited influences from the Blues, referencing both his father’s vinyl record collection and a college education that put aside classes for time spent soaking up the music of Junior Kimbrough. On his second solo album, the recently released Waiting on a Song, Dan Auerbach shows that studies of the classics included the sound of Nashville recordings, giving the album a vintage Music City texture. The album partners Dan Auerbach with co-authors such as Pat McLaughlin and John Prine, who receives a co-write credit on the infectious title track. Friends came into the studio to help on the album, with Waiting on a Song getting guitar love from six-strings heroes such as Duane Eddy, Kenny Vaughan, and Mark Knopfler.
Production on Waiting for a Song, let Dan Auerbach give the cuts a vintage feel with sunshine stitched into the strums and percussion. Thick guitar lines weave over “Cherrybomb” as the rattle of rhythm keeps the track afloat while “Show Me” picks up the pace to gallop on a request to offer actions rather than words as Waiting on a Song raises a rockabilly rhythm to back “Livin’ in Sin”, and dives into “Malibu Man” with powerful strings and soul horn blasts. The beat locks in for “Shine on Me” as the melody and harmony hang on to roller coaster ride rhythms as Dan Auerbach stomps and shouts on the promise of “Stand by My Girl” and trades acoustic guitar licks with Jerry Douglas’ dobro in “Never in My Wildest Dreams”.
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