Dan Auerbach will release Waiting on a Song, his second solo album, on June 2, 2017, via his new label, Easy Eye Sound. The album is the follow-up to 2009’s Keep It Hid, and is his love letter to Nashville. Auerbach recruited some of Nashville’s most respected players to write and record on the album, including John Prine, Duane Eddy, Jerry Douglas, Pat McLaughlin, and Bobby Wood and Gene Chrisman of the Memphis Boys.
Keep It Hid is available in 44.1/24 on HDtracks, so it’s likely Waiting will follow suit. And just in case you were wondering, the catalog of Auerbach’s other main project, The Black Keys, is also available in 44.1/24 as well (as is the work of his other band, The Arcs).
Auerbach said the following about working with his musical heroes on Waiting: “Living in Nashville has definitely changed the way I think about music and the way that I record it. I didn’t have all of these resources before. I am working with some of the greatest musicians that ever lived.”
You can watch the video for Waiting on a Song’s first single, “Shine on Me” right here:
Waiting on a Song is available for pre-order on CD, vinyl, and digitally. The album will also be available in limited-edition bundles, including an exclusive 8-track and a vintage 8-track player signed and customized by Auerbach, a seat cushion, and various autographed and colored vinyl sets.
Dan Auerbach moved to Nashville from his native Akron, Ohio in 2010 and with this release, his first solo album in 8 years, he stakes a claim for Music City being his home. During the summer of 2016, while taking a break from the non-stop touring he’d done with The Black Keys and The Arcs, he finally got acquainted with the city he loves so much, as well as the world-class musicians who live there, and subsequently collaborated with some of Nashville’s heavyweights.
Of that process, Auerbach details, “They’d come over, and we’d be in a little room in my house with the door closed, and we’d just write. Monday through Wednesday we’d write, and then Thursday through Sunday, we’d record, every week.” Auerbach wrote seven songs with John Prine, one of which is the title track of the album. Mark Knopfler’s immediately identifiable guitar elevates “Shine on Me,” while iconic guitarist Duane Eddy is featured on “Livin’ in Sin” and the cinematic “King of a One Horse Town.”
Waiting on a Song is the debut release to mark the launch of Easy Eye Sound, Auerbach’s new record label that will feature soon-to-be-announced releases from other artists, and is distributed by Auerbach’s longtime label Nonesuch Records. The new label is built equally around Auerbach’s Easy Eye Studio in Nashville, where The Black Keys recorded their last two albums, as well as the collection of famous session musicians that have come to call the studio home.
Auerbach says, “Sometimes I feel I created my own Field of Dreams. I built the studio because I knew something was going to happen. I built it to accommodate live musicians playing, and then all of a sudden the best musicians in Nashville show up, and it’s happening.”
Dan Auerbach – Waiting on a Song Track List
01 Waiting on a Song
02 Malibu Man
03 Livin’ in Sin
04 Shine Oon Me
05 King of a One Horse Town
06 Never in My Wildest Dreams
08 Stand by My Girl
10 Show Me
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