The Black Keys; The Big Come Up

The Black Keys and North Mississpi Allstars are my two favourites.

Old time rock and roll

Two Akron, Ohio kids growing up in the same neighborhood, only houses apart, spent the majority of their adolescence running in different crowds. With occasional interactions, unaware of their mutual passion for the Blues, the likelihood of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney becoming close friends was slim. Nothing less than fate could have aligned these two outstanding musicians in a mutual time and place. Just as Carney has said, “most things in this band are just random accidents,” the Black Keys made their way to international fame with raw talent, inspired tunes, and a bit of serendipity.

Near the end of their high school career, Auerbach’s brother (same age and close friend to Carney’s brother) informed him that Patrick Carney listened and played the same genre of music that Auerbach enjoyed. Not to mention Carney had a drum kit and a four track recorder; the perfect recipe for a jam…

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