When we posted “I Want Some More” from Black Keys vocalist/guitarist Dan Auerbach’s forthcoming solo debut Keep It Hid, we mentioned he performs most of it by his lonesome (drums, guitar, percussion, and keyboards minus the occasional guest like his uncle James Quine. This video of the two performing “Trouble Weighs A Ton” is one of those occasions. We’re told it was Uncle James of St Augustine, Florida who taught young Dan how to sing and play guitar — first two songs were Dylan’s “Peggy Day” and the Stanley Brothers’ version of the Carter Family’s “Single Girl, Married Girl” — so there’s a nice nephew-does-good back story to the whole thing. If you’re not into the heartwarming shit, it’s also a chance to see the inside of Dan’s Akron studio.
If you want to play a tech-nerd game, Dan says this is what you’ll find in the studio:
…[W]e have instruments like a 1930’s Leedy drum kit, a 1960’s blue oyster pearl Ludwig kit, a full 1970 Maple Ludwig kit with suprophonic snare, a Moog Voyager, a Hammond M100 organ, a Vox Continental, a Stetson upright grand piano (tuned regularly), loads of new and old guitars, basses and tube amps and shelves full of effects pedals too. We also have a ton of less common instruments like air organs, toy pianos, glockenspiels, accordians, and plenty of percussion instruments.
Take another look here.
Keep It Hid is out 2/10 via Nonesuch. Auerbach live:
02/28 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
03/01 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Club
03/02 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
03/03 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
03/05 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
03/06 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
03/07 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
03/10 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
03/11 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
03/13 – San Francisco, CA @ Bimbo’s
03/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre