Dan Auerbach "Waiting on a Song"

Dan Auerbach’s Nashville studio is outfitted with an extensive vinyl library. At a moment’s notice the multi-talented artist can reach for an example of a sound he’s looking to recreate or for inspiration. The fact that Auerbach is a music aficionado is obvious when listening to his albums or those he’s produced. Many of those releases sound like homages to past era’s and genres. Now the guitarist, songwriter, singer goes a step further by inviting esteemed heroes into the studio to record with him.

Waiting on a Song rips through ten tracks in just over a half hour and about as many genres. Jingling summertime pop confection melts into disco-tinged soul. Rockabilly jangles until a country ballad saunters into the spotlight. No matter the style, Auerbach produces each to a high polish. Little details create interesting diversions, including whistles, plucky strings, glockenspiel, and chimes.

Auerbach shares songwriting credit with Pat McLaughlin and David Ferguson. John Prine and Richard Swift contribute to the title track, and Bobby Wood takes a bow on “Show Me.” Other collaborators include Mark Knopfler who adds wicked guitar licks to “Shine on Me,” and Guitar legend Duane Eddy (who has been an influence on Auerbach’s work for years) provides twang on “King of a One Horse Town."

Rosemary Welsch (The Afternoon Mix)