After spending much of the year touring with his other band The Arcs, The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach will be returning to the solo ranks this spring when he releases a second album under his own name.
Auerbach recorded the album -- which has no title or release date yet -- at his Easy Eye Sound studio in Nashville this year, and he's referred to the set as "a whole history of everything I love about music." Auerbach worked on about 60 songs for the album, co-writing with John Prine and Johnny Cash collaborator David "Fergie" Ferguson, while the band for the sessions included players who worked with Cash and Elvis Presley as well as guitar heroes Mark Knopfler and Duane Eddy.
Auerbach and Black Keys partner Patrick Carney are currently on hiatus, but Auerbach tells us that he's had no problem keeping his creativity in high gear:
"I've been writing so much lately that it's really not for anything particular. I'm just trying to write songs, just trying to write good songs and then find a home for them later. It's different when Pat and I are working on a song; when he and I are working on a song it's for the Black Keys. But when I'm by myself, I don't think it really matters to think who it's for. Most importantly try to write something good."
Auerbach's first solo album, Keep It Hid, came out in 2009, while the Black Keys' released its last album, Turn Blue," in 2014.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.