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Dan Auerbach

Akron, Ohio, USA


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. 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.

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. and his mother is of part Manx descent. 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. 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. 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". 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.

The Barnburners

Auerbach was a member of a band called The Barnburners before forming The Black Keys in 2001. The Barnburners were a blues-based band that performed in Northeast Ohio clubs and released a 6 track album called The Rawboogie EP. 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.

left|Dan Auerbach and the Fast Five playing the House of Blues in New Orleans, Louisiana, on November 18, 2009.

The Fast Five

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. The original percussionist, Bob Cesare, was unable to perform with the Fast Five due to a death in his family.

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. 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. Afterward, Auerbach asked Hacienda to travel to Akron, Ohio where they would be his "Guinea pigs" while recording Keep It Hid.

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

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

Auerbach was married to Stephanie Gonis, with whom he has a daughter, Sadie Little Auerbach, born in 2008. In February 2013, it was reported that the couple are in the midst of divorce proceedings. In 2013 Barista Parlor and its owner Andy Mumma are upping the cultural cache with the announcement of a second location, including an on-site roastery, in partnership with Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach. (The partnership has actually been planned since the early months of Barista Parlor, as reported in this New York Times feature.)

Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys playing at Music Midtown in 2011

With The Black Keys


upright|Auerbach at Madison Square Garden in 2012



Category:1979 births
Category:American blues guitarists
Category:American male singers
Category:American people of Manx descent
Category:American people of Polish-Jewish descent
Category:American rock guitarists
Category:Blues rock musicians
Category:Grammy Award-winning artists
Category:Living people
Category:Musicians from Ohio
Category:People from Akron, Ohio
Category:The Black Keys members
Category:University of Akron alumni

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