Dan Auerbach before Black Keys: The Barnburners
Before Dan Auerbach made fame with the Black Keys, you could see him in the Northside, a now defunct bar in Akron, Ohio. The Barnburners recorded some fine blues and boogie songs including the Junior Kimborough cover “Meet Me In The City“. They had a regular gig and eventually released a six track EP called ‘Raw Boogie’.
The Barnburners were Dan Auerbach guitar, Kip Amore a.k.a. Johnny Belvedere (of the Plymouth Belvederes!) on bass, and Jason “Del Fuego” Edwards on drums. On Rawboogie you hear some very nice blues songs that remind you of R.L Burnside, Junior Kimborough and some of the traditional Chicago Bluesmen.
Electric Drippin’ Blues Songs
The fast and electric drippin’ blues songs on Rawboogie played on the slide guitar remind you of Hound Dog Taylor and the houserockers. Get a feelin’ of it when you listen to “Back to Georgia”, which in some way reminds me of “Let’s get Funky” from Hound Dog Taylor. “Take Five” the fourth song of the EP, has that same kind of drippin’ boogie.
The Barnburners – The Rawboogie
Rawboogie EP a tribute to the Blues
I’ve been listening to this album the last few days. The Barnburners mix fast boogie with slow delta blues sounds. It keeps you moving. I was on the road for a couple of days, and all I could think was that for an album that is only a half hour of music, it is a great six-song-experience. Actually more than that. Rawboogie is a tribute to all blues.
I’m a big fan of the Black Keys but man, I’m happy that the Barnburners were first. Hopefully we will see these guys on stage again. For good old times!