By blending elements of alternative music with a classic rock ’n’ roll sound, The Black Keys have established themselves as much more than another group from Akron, Ohio. One of the most popular bands on the rock ’n’ roll scene today, the duo has risen to fame throughout a process involving more than half a dozen albums and years of musical innovation. Though it occasionally features visiting or backing artists as well, the lineup is predominantly driven by two men: Dan Auerbach on guitar and vocals and Patrick Carney on drums. Purchase your Black Keys tickets today to take in one of the hottest names in all of rock ’n’ roll!
The fact that The Black Keys are known for their emphatic energy and cohesive stage presence is no surprise, as Auerbach and Carney have actually known one another since they were children. The two grew up in the same neighborhood in their hometown of Akron and first met when they were younger than ten years old. The two both attended Firestone High School in Akron and began playing music together casually in the mid-1990s. The two jammed together in varying capacities throughout the late nineties, officially forming their band under the name The Black Keys in 2001. They compiled a demo in the basement of Auerbach’s home, ultimately receiving an offer to sign with Los Angeles-based Alive Records in early 2002. In May of that year the two released their debut album, The Big Come Up.
The band’s humble beginnings stand in an interesting contrast to the incredible amount of commercial success and critical acclaim that they’ve experienced in the years that followed. Since releasing The Big Come Up, the group has gone on to record seven additional albums: Thickfreakness (2003), Rubber Factory (2004), Magic Potion (2006), Attack and Release (2008), Brothers (2010), El Camino (2011) and Turn Blue (2014). Throughout the course of their career, they’ve earned affiliations with a number of different major record labels, as well, including Fat Possum Records, Nonesuch Records and V2 Records.
While there is perhaps no single greater indicator of their success than their incredibly successful history as a touring act, they’ve also been recognized more formally on a number of occasions. Most impressively, the band has earned 12 different Grammy nominations, ultimately winning seven of the awards. Among their Grammy nods have been honors for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals (“Tighten Up”), Best Recording Package and Best Alternative Music Album (Brothers), Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song (“Lonely Boy”), Best Rock Album (El Camino) as well as Producer of the Year for Non-Classical Music (Dan Auerbach).
While many have posited that The Black Keys are named in an homage to those found on a piano, the fact of the matter is actually far more interesting. Auerbach and Carney were both acquainted with an artist by the name of Alfred McMoore. The artist, who has been described as troubled, used to leave the two voicemails in which he would refer to all three of their parents as ’black keys’ pejoratively.