Dan Auerbach is to release Waiting on a Song on June 2 via his new label, Easy Eye Sound via Nonesuch Records.
The album is Auerbach’s 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, Pat McLaughlin and Bobby Wood and Gene Chrisman of the Memphis Boys.
“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."
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.” Auerbach wrote seven songs with John Prine, one of which is the title track of the album. 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.’
Easy Eye Sound, Dan Auerbach’s new record label 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.