Dan Auerbach on How He Regrouped The Black Keys for ‘Let’s Rock’

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.

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Originally published by Guitar Player, November 2019