An Update on the Black Keys

[Intern in residence Dorothy Lee is a Black Keys fans and was wondering what they’re up to. She filed this report. – AC]

The Black Keys haven’t released a new studio album since 2014’s Turn Blue, but don’t assume that the American rock duo hasn’t been keeping themselves busy. In an interview with Rolling Stone earlier this year, drummer Patrick Carney revealed it was his first time off in 17 months, and that this summer would be his first summer not working since he was in 7th grade.

Although Carney has been taking some time off to relax, he has also been busy helping to produce the new album, Hopeless Romantic, for American singer and songwriter Michelle Branch, which was released on April 7th of this year. After meeting at a Grammy Awards party in LA in February 2015, Carney and Branch teamed up to co-produce Hopeless Romantic. They fell in love in the process and got engaged earlier this summer. Carney also played drums during Branch’s The Hopeless Romantic Tour this past summer, and he helped to produce the first solo album from Vampire Weekend’s drummer Chris Tomson (under the artist name Dams of the West) which was also released earlier this year on February 24th.

Meanwhile, The Black Keys vocalist and guitarist Dan Auerbach has been busy writing songs with John Prine and David “Fergie” Ferguson for his second solo album, Waiting on a Song, which was released earlier this year on June 2nd. The album is also the first release from Auerbach’s label Easy Eye Sound.

While there is no news yet of a new album by The Black Keys, Carney revealed to Rolling Stone: “I love making music with Dan and I’m excited for when we do that next, and we will do it. But both of us have PTSD from being on the road constantly”. He also added: “Do you know what people say on their death bed? They fucking regret working too much, and Dan and I have worked our asses off.”

True that. Time for a break.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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