Waiting on a Song

Waiting on a Song

by Dan AuerbachDan Auerbach


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When Dan Auerbach released his debut solo album Keep It Hid in 2009, the Black Keys were on the verge of superstardom; so his solo album was a busman's holiday, not the start of a career. Waiting on a Song, its 2017 sequel, arrives in the midst of an extended hiatus from the Black Keys, who took a breather after a run of blockbusters that coincided with Auerbach establishing himself as a producer of note. On these extracurricular projects, Auerbach broadened his sonic palette, working with everybody from Americana stalwart Ray LaMontagne to post-modern noir diva Lana Del Rey, and he brings this new bag of tricks to Waiting on a Song. Having more in common with the groovy classic soul moves of his 2015 side project the Arcs than the heavy-footed stomp of the Black Keys, Waiting on a Song's heart lies in the glimmering productions of Jeff Lynne in the late '80s. "Shine on Me" glistens like an outtake from the Traveling Wilburys, and it's not an isolated incident. Auerbach keeps circling back to this bright, cheerful sound, accentuating it with elements of Memphis soul and an undercurrent of classically constructed Americana. The title Waiting on a Song hints at such craftsmanship, and it was co-written by John Prine and Pat McLaughlin, whose presence suggests that Auerbach is adding "singer/songwriter" to his impressive résumé. The thing about this album is, it shows the power of craft across the board: Auerbach's become a vivid, imaginative producer and now he's writing songs to match.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/02/2017
Label: Nonesuch
UPC: 0075597937534
catalogNumber: 559610
Rank: 109889

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dan Auerbach   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Mellotron,Fuzz Bass,Fuzz Guitar,Guitar (Baritone)
Duane Eddy   Electric Guitar
Pat McLaughlin   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals,Mandola,Hand Clapping
Bobby Wood   Organ,Piano,Chimes,Glockenspiel,Electric Piano,Background Vocals,Vibes
Gene Chrisman   Drums
Mark Knopfler   Rhythm Guitar
Kenny Malone   Percussion,Drums,Marimbas,Vibes
Russ Pahl   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar,Sitar,12-string Guitar,Guitar (Resonator),Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Kenny Vaughan   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Jeffrey Clemens   Percussion,Drums
Roy Agee   Trombone
Matt Combs   Strings
Leon Michels   Horn
Jerry Douglas   Dobro
Heather Rigdon   Background Vocals
Dave Roe   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Dennis Solee   Flute,Saxophone
Ashley Wilcoxson   Background Vocals
Leisa Hans   Background Vocals
Steve Herrmann   Trumpet
Chris St. Hilaire   Drums

Technical Credits

John Prine   Composer
Pat McLaughlin   Composer
Bobby Wood   Composer
David Ferguson   Composer,Executive Producer
Dan Auerbach   Composer,Producer
Richard Swift   Composer

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