Years before Dan Auerbach formed the Black Keys with drummer Patrick Carney, he was hypnotized by the grimy trance country blues of Mississippi guitarists T-Model Ford, Junior Kimbrough and R.L. Burnside.
“I totally loved T-Model and had gone down to Greenville [Mississippi] to meet him,” Auerbach says. “I hung out with him and spent the night in his trailer with my buddy after we played at a juke all night. It was fun as hell.”
Two decades later, the blues master’s influence still colors Auerbach’s greasy, fuzzed-out guitar jams.
Originally published by Guitar Player, November 2019