When The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach worked with Dr John on the latter’s 2012 album Locked Down, he learned an essential musical truth.
“It was the first time I realised the human element was important,” he tells Uncut, in the issue on sale now and available to buy online by clicking here. “When Dr John started playing the Farfisa all of a sudden it sounded alive, like it was… some sort of animal. When you start working with people that can transform inanimate objects into living, breathing things… it becomes something even deeper than you’re looking for.”
The encounter inspired Auerbach to seek a whole new cast of collaborators: Lana Del Rey, Chrissie Hynde, soul singer Robert Finley and former Memphis Boys Bobby Wood and Gene Chrisman, who have become an integral part of Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound stable.
“Now I feel like I have a whole room full of Dr Johns. It starts to get wild. It’s like I’m on top of the mountain when I start the day. Anything seems possible.”
It’s this spirit of freewheeling collaboration that he hopes to funnel back into the next Black Keys album: “It’s exciting, the prospect of taking what I’ve learned and working with The Black Keys again.”
The May 2018 issue of Uncut is now on sale in the UK – with Johnny Marr on the cover. Elsewhere in the issue, you’ll find exclusive new interviews with John Fogerty, Dan Auerbach, Shirley Collins, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, John Prine and many more. Our free 15-track CD features 15 tracks of this month’s best new music, featuring Kacy & Clayton, Laura Veirs, Wye Oak, Cath & Phil Taylor, Mouse On Mars, Josh T. Pearson, A Place To Bury Strangers and Drinks
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