Musicians You Should Know About: #7-The Black Keys
Who would have thought that a 2010 revival of garage music would, first off be a thing, and second off provided an epic duo out of Akron, Ohio? Not this kid, but I’m betting that Dan Auerbach (guitar, vocals) and Patrick Carney (drums) are pretty stoked about it.
These two kicked off their early years in 2001 with some basement recordings and self-produced records, as an independent act, after dropping out of college (no kids dropping out of school doesn’t mean you will necessarily be rock stars). Next step was signing with indie label Alive to release 2002’s ‘The Big Come Up’ album, followed by a new deal with Fat Possum Records. Years later, a ton of small club gigs, numerous record releases, music festival appearances, and a growing underground fan base, The Black Keys landed a contract with major label Nonesuch Records in 2006. This is where The Black Keys time line sets off majorly with collaborations and a few years down the road the start of some main stream attention.
Since then it’s been a whirl wind of music making, hand shaking, award getting, tour taking, and all round rad-ness for the two from Akron.
AND here is my favorite Black Keys track.