Dan Auerbach

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Dan Auerbach
Dan Auerbach performing with the Black Keys.jpg
Auerbach playing with The Black Keys in Tulsa, 2012.
Background information
Birth name Daniel Quine Auerbach
Born (1979-05-14) May 14, 1979 (age 36)
Akron, Ohio, United States
Genres Blues rock, garage rock, psychedelic rock, soul, blues
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, drums, lap steel
Years active 1999–present
Labels Alive Records, Fat Possum Records, Nonesuch Records, V2 Records
Associated acts The Black Keys, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Blakroc, The Barnburners, Dr. John, Lana Del Rey, Cage the Elephant, St. Vincent, Bombino, Hanni El Khatib, The Arcs, The Growlers
Website theblackkeys.com
Notable instruments
Harmony H78
Fender Telecaster
Supro Val Trol
Harmony Stratotone
Guild Thunderbird

Daniel Quine "Dan" Auerbach (born May 14, 1979) is an American musician and record producer best known as the guitarist and vocalist for The Black Keys, a blues rock band from Akron, Ohio.[1] As a member of the band, Auerbach has recorded and co-produced seven studio albums with his bandmate Patrick Carney. In 2009, Auerbach released a solo album entitled Keep It Hid. In addition to winning several Grammy Awards as a member of The Black Keys, Auerbach received the 2013 Grammy Award for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical for co-producing his band's 2011 album El Camino, and for producing records by Dr. John (Locked Down) and Hacienda. In Spring 2015, Auerbach announced a new side-project, The Arcs. The group released their debut album, Yours, Dreamily, on September 4, 2015 via Nonesuch Records.[2]

Childhood and early life[edit]

Auerbach was born in Ohio, and is the son of Mary Little (née Quine; b. about 1948), a teacher of French, and Charles Auerbach (b. about 1950), an antique dealer.[3] His father is of Polish Jewish descent[3] and his mother is of part Manx descent.[4] His maternal cousin, twice removed, was philosopher and logician Willard Van Orman Quine, and his second cousin once removed was the late guitarist Robert Quine. Auerbach grew up in a family with musical roots. Auerbach became infatuated with blues after listening to his father's old vinyl records during his childhood, his first concert was Whitney Houston with his mother at the Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, OH. His second concert was a Grateful Dead show with his father at the Richfield Coliseum in Cleveland.[5][6][7] He was influenced early-on by his mother's side of the family, notably his uncles who played bluegrass music.

Auerbach described himself as a normal teenager in high school who smoked marijuana and captained the soccer team at Firestone High School.[8] For a year, he attended McGill University in Montreal. He was heavily influenced by Junior Kimbrough in college, eventually resulting in his dropping out to pursue the guitar more seriously. "I've listened to him so much, it's just how I hear it... I studied him so much... Getting F's in college, when I should've been studying, I was listening to Junior Kimbrough's music instead".[9] Other major influences include: Robert Johnson, R.L. Burnside, Clarence White, Robert Nighthawk, T-Model Ford, Hound Dog Taylor, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Kokomo Arnold, Son House and RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan.

Performances and bands[edit]

The Barnburners[edit]

Auerbach was a member of a band called The Barnburners before forming The Black Keys in 2001.[10] The Barnburners included Auerbach, Jason Edwards and Kip Amore.[10] The Barnburners were a blues-based band that performed in Northeast Ohio clubs and released a 6 track album called The Rawboogie EP.[10] The album includes the Junior Kimbrough song "Meet Me in the City", which Auerbach later covered with The Black Keys on their Chulahoma studio album.[10]

Dan Auerbach and the Fast Five playing the Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland, Ohio on March 5, 2009.

The Fast Five[edit]

The band "Fast Five" toured with Auerbach in 2009. The Fast Five's other members drew from the band Hacienda and percussionist Patrick Hallahan from My Morning Jacket.[11][12][13][14] The original percussionist, Bob Cesare, was unable to perform with the Fast Five because of a death in his family.[15]

Dan and fellow Black Keys member Patrick Carney met the members of Hacienda at a club, Emo's, in Austin, Texas while watching a band during the Austin City Limits Music Festival.[16] Upon seeing one of the Hacienda band members hit on an intoxicated woman, Carney walked over and leaned in saying, "Dude, trust me, that's a bad idea."[16] After becoming acquainted with each other, Dan e-mailed Hacienda a month later asking for more demos, which eventually led them to being asked to open for The Black Keys and Dr. Dog at a show in Austin, Texas.[16] Afterward, Auerbach asked Hacienda to travel to Akron, Ohio where they would be his "guinea pigs" while recording Keep It Hid.[16]

The Arcs[edit]

During the Bataclan Theatre massacre, Auerbach and his band The Arcs were performing at the similarly-sized nearby venue, Le Trianon. Auerbach subsequently stated, "I know people that were there last night. I know people who are like, ‘What am I gonna do -- see the Arcs or the Eagles of Death Metal?" And I've woken up feeling very out of sorts. What do you call it, survivor's remorse? Why the hell did it happen there and not where we were playing? I'm just so brokenhearted about all those people." [17]

Awards and honors[edit]

At the 2013 Grammy Awards, Auerbach won the award for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical.[18]

In 2010, he joined the 9th annual Independent Music Awards judging panel to assist independent musicians' careers.

Personal life[edit]

Auerbach was married to Stephanie Gonis, with whom he has a daughter, Sadie Little Auerbach, born in 2008.[19] In February 2013, it was reported that the couple are in the midst of divorce proceedings.[20]


Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys playing at Music Midtown in 2011
For a more comprehensive list, see The Black Keys discography.
With The Black Keys
The Arcs

Musical collaborations[edit]

Artist Album Role Year
SSM EP1 Recorded, Engineered 2006
SSM SSM Recorded, Engineered 2006
Patrick Sweany C'mon C'mere Guitar "One More Time" 2006
Brimstone Howl Guts of Steel Producer, engineer, Mixer 2007
John Doe A Year in the Wilderness Guitar 2007
Nathaniel Mayer Why Don't You Give It To Me Co-producer, co-mixer, Guitar, Drums, Vocals 2007
Radio Moscow Radio Moscow Producer, engineer, Mixer, Acoustic Guitar 2007
Patrick Sweany Every Hour Is a Dollar Gone Producer, engineer, Mixer 2007
Black Diamond Heavies A Touch of Someone Else's Class Producer, engineer, Mixer 2008
Buffalo Killers Let It Ride Producer, engineer, Mixer 2008
Hacienda Loud Is The Night Producer, engineer, Mixer, BG Vocals, Guitar 2008
Jessica Lea Mayfield With Blasphemy So Heartfelt Producer, engineer, Mixer, arranger, Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Bass, Drums, BG Vocals, Piano, Synthesizer, Hammond Organ, Toy Piano, Lap Steel, Percussion 2008
The Ettes Danger Is EP Producer, engineer, Mixer 2009
The Ettes Do You Want Power Producer, engineer, Mixer Piano "No Home" 2009
Nathaniel Mayer Why Won't You Let Me Be Black? Co-producer, co-mixer, Guitar, Vocals 2009
Hacienda Big Red & Barbacoa Producer, engineer, Mixer 2010
Cadillac Sky Letters in the Deep Producer, engineer, Mixer, Waterphone, Vocals 2010
Parting Gifts Strychnine Dandelion Guitar 2010
Shivering Timbers We All Started in the Same Place Producer, engineer, Drums, Mixer 2010
Jessica Lea Mayfield Tell Me Drum Loop, engineer, Guitar (Acoustic), Moog Synthesizer, producer, Vocals 2011
Brian Olive Two of Everything Engineer, Mixing, producer, BG Vocals 2011
Reigning Sound Abdication... For Your Love Producer 2011
Dr. John Locked Down Producer, Guitar, Percussion & Background Vocals 2012
Hacienda Shakedown Producer 2012
JEFF the Brotherhood Hypnotic Nights Mixing, producer, BG Vocals 2012
Grace Potter & the Nocturnals The Lion the Beast the Beat Composer, Handclapping, producer, Vocals 2012
The Growlers Hung at Heart Producer 2013
Hanni El Khatib Head in the Dirt Producer, Bass, Guitar, Background Vocals, Percussion 2013
Bombino Nomad Producer 2013
Connie Britton The Music of Nashville: Season 1 Volume 2 Producer, guitar and vocals on "Bitter Memory" 2013
Valerie June Pushin' Against a Stone Co-producer, guitar and vocals on "Wanna Be On Your Mind" 2013
Ray LaMontagne Supernova Producer 2014
Lana Del Rey Ultraviolence Producer, handclaps, shaker, electric guitar, 12-string acoustic guitar, synthesizer 2014
Nikki Lane All or Nothin Producer 2014
Lee Fields Emma Jean Guitar, vocals 2014
Cage the Elephant Tell Me I'm Pretty Producer 2015

Musical equipment[edit]


Auerbach at Madison Square Garden in 2012




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