Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach announces fall tour

Dan Auerbach—best known as half of The Black Keys—will embark on a 20-date winter tour beginning November 5 in Columbus, OH. The tour, which includes shows at New York City’s Webster Hall, Nashville’s Cannery Ballroom and Philadelphia’s Theater of the Living Arts, arrives on the heels of Auerbach’s critically acclaimed solo debut Keep It Hid, recently released on Nonesuch. The album received wide praise from The New York Times, NPR’s Fresh Air, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone and Pitchfork. Opening for Auerbach on the fall dates are Justin Townes Earle and Jessica Lea Mayfield. Please see below for tour details.

Keep It Hid was produced and engineered by Auerbach at his studio Akron Analog and features him playing a variety of instruments, including drums, guitar, percussion, and keyboards. Many of Auerbach’s friends and family play on the album, including his uncle James Quine, who contributes vocal harmony and electric guitar on the track “Street Walkin.” Other musicians include Jessica Lea Mayfield, who sings on the track “When the Night Comes,” and Bob Cesare, who plays drums on “Whispered Words,” a song originally written by Auerbach’s father. Of the recording process Auerbach states, “I wanted a live, organic sound. Nothing was too plotted or planned, just a lot of spontaneity.” The record was mixed by Auerbach’s good friend Mark Neill at Neill’s Soil of the South studio.

With his Black Keys bandmate Patrick Carney, Auerbach has recorded five critically acclaimed full-length albums, beginning with 2002’s The Big Come Up. 2008’s Attack & Release debuted on the Billboard Top 200 chart at #14, marking The Black Keys’ highest position to date. The New York Times called it   a “savage, bitter concoction built on a snarling punk-rock riff,” while the Los Angeles Times called it “without doubt the Keys’ most dynamic effort yet.” Auerbach also has been busy with his own record label, Polymer Sounds, for which he produced the 2008 debut from Jessica Lea Mayfield With Blasphemy, So Heartfelt; Pitchfork praised Mayfield’s album as  “fascinating and endlessly listenable.” On November 18, 2008, Nonesuch will release a DVD produced and directed by Lance Bangs titled The Black Keys Live at the Crystal Ballroom.

Dan Auerbach Fall Tour Dates

November 5            Newport Music Hall*            Columbus, OH

November 6            The Majestic Theater*            Detroit, MI

November 7            Phoenix Concert Theater*            Toronto, ONT

November 8            Le National*            Montral, QC

November 9            The Paradise†            Boston, MA

November 11            Webster Hall†            New York, NY

November 12            Theater of the Living Arts†            Philadelphia, PA

November 13            Sonar*            Baltimore, MD

November 14            Cat’s Cradle†            Chapel Hill, NC

November 16            The Orange Peel*            Asheville, NC

November 17            Variety Playhouse*            Atlanta, GA

November 18            House of Blues*            New Orleans, LA

November 20            Minglewood Hall*            Memphis, TN

November 21            Cannery Ballroom†            Nashville, TN

December 3            Turner Hall*            Milwaukee, WI

December 4            First Avenue*            Minneapolis, MN

December 6            The Bluebird*            Bloomington, IN

December 8            Southgate House*            Newport, KY

December 9            House of Blues*            Cleveland, OH

 *with Justin Townes Earle and Jessica Lea Mayfield
†with Jessica Lea Mayfield