Nine-time GRAMMY®–winner Dan Auerbach will release Waiting On A Song on June 2nd on Easy Eye Sound, and it is streaming now in its entirety via NPR First Listen, who call the album “a batch of sparkling pop songs that’s sweet, breezy, and primed for summer… like a long-lost gem of early-’70s AM radio.”
Waiting On A Song is Auerbach’s follow-up to 2009’s Keep It Hid and is his love letter to Nashville. As such, he recruited some of Nashville’s most respected players to write and record his latest, including John Prine, Duane Eddy, Jerry Douglas, Russ Pahl, Pat McLaughlin as well as Bobby Wood and Gene Chrisman of the Memphis Boys. Auerbach said about working with his musical heroes: “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.” 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.
Last week, Dan Auerbach premiered his music video for “Waiting on A Song” via Rolling Stone. Said Auerbach: “Not only does the video evoke the feeling of the song, but it also pays tribute to the great tradition of Nashville songwriters. It was fun to have John Prine and Pat McLaughlin have cameos in the video as I wrote the song with them. It also has appearances by other Nashville songwriters, like Michael Heeney and Luke Dick, as well as David Ferguson who was the executive producer on the album with me.” Auerbach also appeared on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert recently to perform the songs “Shine On Me” and “King Of A One Horse Town”. Additionally, NPR Music premiered the video for Waiting On A Song’s first single, “Shine on Me”. Auerbach also shared the music video for “King of a One Horse Town” via Pitchfork.
Dan Auerbach will open for John Prine, with whom he wrote the title track off Waiting On A Song, in September and November in Charleston, Charlotte, Washington D.C., and Richmond. Tickets are on sale now and are available here. Auerbach will also perform at Del Fest on May 25th, and tickets are available here. Additionally, Nashville fans have a chance to win tickets for an intimate performance by Auerbach at the Station Inn on Wednesday, May 31st here.
Dan Auerbach moved to Nashville from his native Akron, Ohio in 2010 and with this release, his first solo album in eight years, it is clear that he has made Music City his home. During the summer of 2016, 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 the process he reveals, “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.” John Prine co-wrote the album’s title track and Mark Knopfler’s immediately identifiable guitar elevates “Shine on Me” into an anthem. 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, and marks the launch of Easy Eye Sound, Dan Auerbach’s new record label which will feature soon-to-be-announced releases from other artists and is distributed by Auerbach’s longtime label Nonesuch Records. The 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
1. Waiting On A Song
2. Malibu Man
3. Livin’ In Sin
4. Shine On Me
5. King Of A One Horse Town
6. Never In My Wildest Dreams
8. Stand By My Girl
10. Show Me
Dan Auerbach Tour Dates w/ John Prine
September 15 /// North Charleston SC /// North Charleston Performing Arts Center
September 16 /// Charlotte NC /// Belk Theatre
November 10 /// Washington DC /// DAR Constitution Hall
November 11 /// Richmond VA /// Altria Theater