The success of acts such as the White Stripes and the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion helped open the door for other minimalist, bluesy rockers, such as the Akron, Ohio, USA-based duo, the Black Keys. Unlike the other aforementioned bands, the Black Keys are more of a straight ahead blues rock outfit, especially evident in the howling vocals of Dan Auerbach (Daniel Auerbach, 14 May 1979, Akron, Ohio, USA). With Auerbach doubling on guitar and joined by drummer Patrick Carney (b. April 1980, USA), the duo first started jamming together back in their high school days, recording four-track demos of originals from 1997 through 2000. During this time, Auerbach travelled to locales such as Greenville, Mississippi, to learn from his blues mentors, that included James T-Model Ford.
After taking a break, Auerbach and Carney picked up where they left off in 2001, recorded a demo, and signed a contract with indie label Alive Records....
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