Below you will find a video of Black Keys singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach and his uncle, James Quine, playing the first song off Auerbach’s just-released solo debut, Keep It Hid. That record – which in many (awesome) ways sounds suspiciously like a Black Keys record – is just one in a triumvirate of indie-rocker solo projects that are rotating through my CD player at the moment; I’ve also been spinning the eccentric Major General from mustachioed Hold Steady keyboardist Franz Nicolay, and the advance of former Drive-By Trucker Jason Isbell’s eponymously-titled effort with his new band, The 400 Unit, which comes out next week.
Anyone out there in PopWatch land already digging these dudes? What are some of your favorite solo projects through history (holla, Into the Wild soundtrack)? And do you mind the moonlighting, or would you rather everyone – well, except Isbell, who I am learning to accept may never be coming back – just focus on their primary band objectives?
More on Drive-By Truckers, Black Keys, Hold Steady:
On the Scene: Drive-By Truckers and the Hold Steady in L.A.
Austin City Limits report: FNL’s Jesse Plemons on the Black Keys
Bonnaroo Q&A: The Hold Steady
Review: Jason Isbell’s Sirens of the Ditch